PART FIFTY-TWO

 

The England to Baltimore and Ohio Line

 

Updated April 2016

 

This family line provides the details for two families that eventually ended up in the United States of America, and in particular, the states of Maryland and Ohio.  The first of these is the line of Stephen Collett (Ref. 52R2) who now lives in Norway and who attended the Collett Reunion in Oslo in 2009, and the second is the line of Margaret Drody Thompson of Pinopolis in South Carolina who coincidentally made contact almost immediately after the reunion in Oslo.

 

Stephen’s line is depicted by the names in capital letters, while Margaret’s line is included in Appendix One since it has not yet been positively linked to this early London family.

 

What is of particular interest in this branch of the Collett family is that the coat of arms of Peter Collett (Ref. 52E10) of Chelsfield in Kent and Thomas Collett of (Ref. 52H2) is the same coat of arms that was granted to Sir Henry Colet (1435-1505) who was the Lord Mayor of London in 1486 and again in 1495 who features in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line (Ref. 18C5).  It would therefore be logical that this line has its origins within Part 18 although, to date, the link to that family has not yet been found.

 

During the file update in March 2015, Appendix Five has been extensively revised and now includes more details about the Collett families of North Carolina and Missouri.

 

 

52C1

Very little is known about the COLLETT who starts this family line, even down to his christian name.  It would appear that he lived in the Southwark district of London where he probably raised his family.  During his life he was credited with the reform of The Poor Clares, the nuns of the sisterhood of the Order of St Clare which was founded by Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi on Palm Sunday in the year 1212.  (The sisterhood is still in existence today in over seventy-six countries across the world.)

 

 

 

It was while he was at Southwark that he died, following which he was buried in the churchyard of All Hallows Church in Barking.  It is understood that he was married to Miss Bulley around 1480 and that the marriage produced at least five children for the couple, these being Humphrey, Thomas, Roger and two daughters. However, the order of the birth of the children has not yet been determined.

 

 

 

Sadly at this time, it is only the son Humphrey of whom anything further is known.  Depending on whether Humphrey was the oldest child or the youngest child, it is likely that his unnamed father was born around 1460.

 

 

 

52D1

HUMPHREY COLLETT

Date of birth unknown; circa 1490

 

52D2

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52D3

Roger Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52D4

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52D5

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

52D6

a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52D1

HUMPHREY COLLETT was very likely born in the Southwark district of London and around 1490.  He was later referred to as ‘of Southwark, and Banstead in Surrey’ and it is known that he married Joan Hunt around 1512-1514, while his son Thomas was believed to have been born during the following year.  He was a Member of Parliament for Southwark and a citizen and a bowyer of London, a maker of bows.  The records show he served for two terms, the first from 1511 to 1512, and the second around 1553 which was just a few years before he died.

 

 

 

The age difference between his eldest son Thomas and his youngest child is forty years which probably indicates that Humphrey was married twice with the first and possibly second son coming from the first marriage, and the remainder of his children coming from a second marriage in the early 1530s.  The actual order of the birth of the four middle children is not known – see further information on this subject below.

 

 

 

Humphrey Collett died in 1558 and his Will, which was made on 4th October 1555, was proved at Canterbury on 4th December 1558.  In the Will he specifically requested that he be buried in the new churchyard at St Saviours Church alongside the body of his uncle Thomas Bulley, the brother of his mother and that his coffin be carried by four honest port men who are to be paid each half-a-crown.  To each of his unmarried children he bequeathed £100 and only £6 13 Shillings 4d to any that were already married.  The dwelling house of Humphrey Collett or the house adjoining the mansion and George Inn was bequeathed to his wife Joan, who still had her eldest son still living with her, provided she did not re-marry.  Other beneficiaries included his brother Roger Collett and three sisters, his brother Thomas, and his wife’s sister Margaret Shawcross.

 

 

 

Humphrey’s eldest son Thomas Collett inherited all the lands, tenement and hereditaments at Southwark being on the east side of the High Street and way leading from London Bridge to Croydon, plus all the lands, tenement and hereditaments at Newington currently occupied by John Philpott of Southwark.  Humphrey’s son Robert Collett inherited all the residue of lands, tenement and hereditaments in Southwark lying on the west side of the High Street, together with all the lands, tenement and hereditaments at St George’s Field in London, plus those in Tooting, Carshalton and Banstead.  All the lands, tenement and hereditaments within the parish of Streatham passed to Humphrey’s youngest son Nicholas Collett.

 

 

 

In addition to all of the above listed property, Humphrey also owned two well-known taverns in the White Hart Court and Gracious Street district of Southwark.  The two taverns were The George Inn and The White Hart Inn which Humphrey certainly owned in 1555 three years prior to his death, according to the City of London Record: Court Leet Minutes 1539-64).  It is also recorded that the White Hart Inn was still in the possession of the Collett family in 1669 three years after the Great Fire of London, when “a serious fire damaged part of the property”.  White Hart Court and Gracious Street (formerly Grace’s Street) backed onto one another.  It is also worth noting here, that Anne Carter (formerly Mrs Collett) who died in 1647 mentioned The Barrel & Oyster Inn on Gracious (Gration) Street in her Will.  This was passed to her daughter Hannah Lanier nee Collett and, although seventy years later, it is possible that the two families were connected.  See Appendix One.

 

 

 

From a reference made in the 1589 publication by Stow, ‘The George Inn in Southwark was owned by Humfrey Collett, the Member of Parliament for Southwark in 1553’, up until settlement of his estate in 1558.  Prior to 1554 the coaching inn was known as St George and the sign outside showed the saint sitting on his horse, having slain the dragon, and dates back to medieval times.  Of the two taverns owned by Humphrey Collett during the reign of King Edward VI, it was The George Inn that had a sitting tenant by the name of Nicholas Marten.  He was the current hosteller at the time of Humphrey’s passing who continued to run the establishment for many years later, after ownership had passed to Humphrey’s eldest son Thomas.

 

 

 

His wife Joan Collett, nee Hunt, of the parish of Holy Trinity in Trinity Lane in London, survived him by around twenty years and her Will, made on 1st August 1576, was also proved at Canterbury in 1579.  Eight of her children were named in her Will, while the order in which they are listed does certainly not correspond to the order in which they were born.  They were Nicholas Collett who received £20, Robert Collett who received one silver pot, John Collett who received a dozen silver apostle spoons, married daughter Margery Pigion (Pigeon) who received a silver and gilt nut set, Stephen Collett who received furniture, married daughter Joan Slywright who received a gold hoop ring, married daughter Mercy Brend who received another gold hoop ring, and married daughter Agnes Curtis who received 20 Shillings.  Joan’s son Peter Collett was named as the sole executor of her Will, with sons Robert and John Collett named as joint overseers of the Will.  Joan’s previously unnamed son Stephen Collett inherited two messuages or tenements within the Parish of St Saviour in Southwark, while the aforementioned Peter Collett inherited his mother’s dwelling in Trinity Lane.

 

 

 

52E1

THOMAS COLLETT  (eldest son)

Born circa 1515

 

52E2

Robert Collett

Possible date of birth around 1518

 

52E3

Humphrey Collett

Born in 1535

 

52E4

John Collett

Date of birth likely to be in 1535 - 1548

 

52E5

Stephen Collett

Date of birth likely to be in 1535 - 1548

 

52E6

Margery Collett

Date of birth likely to be in 1535 - 1548

 

52E7

Nicholas Collett  (youngest son)

Date of birth likely to be in 1535 - 1548

 

52E8

Agnes Collett

Born circa 1548

 

52E9

Joan Collett

Born circa 1551

 

52E10

Peter Collett

Born circa 1553

 

52E11

Mercy Collett

Born circa 1555

 

 

 

 

52D4

John Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the brother of Humphrey Collett, the Member of Parliament for Southwark.  The only other known fact about him is that he married Susan.

 

 

 

 

52E1

THOMAS COLLETT was the eldest child of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, as confirmed in his father’s Will of 1558.  He married Agnes Heath the daughter of John and Helen Heath of London and Kings Lynn.  Agnes was born at Limpsfield in Surrey around 1515, which may also be around the time when Thomas was born.  Thomas Collett was a citizen and merchant tailor of London and Kings Lynn and he died around 1570, his Will being proved at Canterbury in 1571.

 

 

 

52F1

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F2

JOHN COLLETT

Date of birth unknown; circa 1540 (?)

 

52F3

Joan Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F4

Jane Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F5

Mercy Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52E2

Robert Collett was the son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt and he was married to Rhoda Cox.  Robert was a citizen and a bowyer of London and Bourn in Cambridgeshire.  Robert Collett died before the end of the sixteenth century and his estate was administered by his widow with effect from February 1599.  Rhoda only survived her husband by a few short years as her own Will was proved at Canterbury in 1604.

 

 

 

 

52E3

Humphrey Collett was born in London in 1535 and was the son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts at Oxford University and was a bowyer of Southwark.  He was married and his daughter was born in 1558.  The child was only a few years old when Humphrey Collett died and his Will was proved at Canterbury in 1566.

 

 

 

 

52E4

John Collett was the son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt.  He married Hester and the marriage produced two children for the couple.  He was a merchant tailor in London and had a connection with the church of St James Garlickhythe on Garlick Hill in the City of London.  It would appear that he died during the first few years of the seventeenth century and his Will was proved at Canterbury in 1607.  The records show that he was Sir John Collett, a merchant of London and one year after he died an indenture was raised on 11th November 1608 which transferred certain properties in Southwark, including the ground on which the Globe Theatre was built, from John Collet to John Bodley, the only son of Mercy Collett (John’s sister - below) and Francis Bodley.

 

 

 

52F6

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F7

Agnes Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F8

Anthony Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52E5

Stephen Collett was another son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt.  He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree at Oxford and was a fishmonger of London and a merchant adventurer.  His marriage to Joan apparently produced one known children for the couple who died in 1626.  It was also in 1626 that the Will of Stephen Collett was proved at Canterbury.  His widow Joan survived him by around five years and her Will was proved at Canterbury in 1631.

 

 

 

52F9

a Collett child

Date of birth unknown; died in 1626

 

 

 

 

52E6

Margery Collett was another daughter of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, and she married John Pigeon with whom she had issue.

 

 

 

 

52E7

Nicholas Collett was the youngest son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, as described in his father’s Will of 1558.  He attended Oxford University where he obtained a Master of Arts degree and was later a barrister of the Inner Temple of Great Hadham in Hertfordshire which today is known as Much Hadham and is to the west of Bishop’s Stortford.  Nicholas married Elizabeth and their marriage produced six known children.  Nicholas died around the early 1620s and his Will was proved at Canterbury in 1623.

 

 

 

52F10

Nicholas Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F11

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F12

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F13

Peter Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F14

Mary Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52F15

Petronella Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52E8

Agnes Collett was possibly the eldest daughter of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, and she married Mr Curtis (Curtys).  It seems very likely that she was the Agnes Collett who was baptised at St Michael’s Church in Cornhill in the City of London on 7th August 1548, where her sister Joan was also baptised three years later.  Cornhill is also not far from Garlick Hill where there was a connection to her older brother John Collett (above).  It is also interesting that Cornhill was the address given by Henry Collett in his letter to John P Collett in America in 1931, as reproduced in Appendix Two at the end of this file.

 

 

 

 

52E9

Joan Collett was the eldest daughter of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, and she was baptised at St Michael’s Church in Cornhill in the City of London on 25th December 1551.  She later married William Slyvewright (Slywright) by whom she had issue.

 

 

 

 

52E10

Peter Collett was not the youngest son of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt, although it would appear that he was baptised in London in 1553.  It was around 1584 when he was in his mid-twenties that he married Joan Nethercliffe with whom he had two daughters.  Peter was a citizen, a merchant, and an alderman of London, and was later of Chelsfield in Kent.  He died in 1607 and his Will was proved at Canterbury in 1608.  At some time in his life he had a connection with the village of Sellindge which lies in Kent midway between Ashford and Folkestone.

 

 

 

As stated at the start of this family line, Peter Collett of Chelsfield used the same coat of arms as that granted to Sir Henry Colet of Wendover and London (Ref. 18C5).  It was also used by the eldest son of John Collett (1578-1659) of Little Gidding (below) and can be found on a brass plate within St John’s Church at Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire.

 

 

 

52F16

Hester Collett

Born after 1585

 

52F17

Sarah Collett

Born after 1585

 

 

 

 

52E11

Mercy Collett was the youngest of the eleven children of Humphrey Collett and Joan Hunt and she married (1) Francis Bodley who was a citizen of London and a fishmonger of St Botolphs Billingsgate and Streatham in Surrey.  Francis was born at Streatham, the son of William Bodley and Beatrix (Beatrice) Sadler.  The only known son of Mercy Collett and Francis Bodley became Sir John Bodley of Streatham and he was married to Jane Evelin, the daughter of Thomas Evelin of Thames Ditton in Surrey, who died around 1623.  Following the premature death of her first husband in 1566, Mercy married (2) Thomas Brend with whom she had a further eight children, four sons and four daughters.  Mercy Brend nee Collett died on 13th December 1597, just ten months before her second husband.

 

 

 

Thomas Brend’s first wife was Margery who presented him with four sons and six daughters and who died in June 1564.  The Will of Thomas Brend of West Moseley was made on 15th June 1597 and it was on 21st September 1598 that he passed away.  Named in his Will as overseer was stepson John Bodley of Streatham (described as son-in-law) the son of citizen and fishmonger of London, Francis Bodley and his wife Mercy (Collett).  At the time of his death the only children alive were three children from his first marriage, Nicholas Brend who died in 1601, Mary the wife of Rowland Maylard and Katherine Sayres, while the only survivors from his second marriage were Judith Brend who died in 1599, Mercy Brend who married Mr Frobisher, and Anne Brend. 

 

 

 

 

52F2

JOHN COLLETT was very likely born at Southwark and around 1540, the son of Thomas Collett and Agnes Heath.  As with his father, very little is so far known about him except that he was married to Susan Cheney and together they had a son who was also named John and who was born at Little Gidding.  John Collett, citizen and merchant tailor of London, was the executrix and overseer of the 1597 Will of Judith Brend, the daughter of Mercy Brend nee Collett (above), the Will also including the name of John’s sister Mercy Patterson (below), together with that of John’s son and namesake.

 

 

 

52G1

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1578 at Little Gidding

 

 

 

 

52F3

Joan Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of Thomas Collett and Agnes Heath, and she married Christopher Haward.

 

 

 

 

52F5

Mercy Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of Thomas Collett and Agnes Heath, and she married Mr Patterson.

 

 

 

 

52F6

John Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of John Collett and he married Mary Hamer.  John was a citizen and a salter of London and his wife died without issue and her Will was proved at Canterbury in 1615.  John Collett died around twenty years later and his Will was proved at Canterbury in 1636.  As with his father.

 

 

 

 

52F7

Agnes Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of John Collett and she married Peter Cole.

 

 

 

 

52F8

Anthony Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of Sir John Collett, merchant of London and his wife Hester.  The only information so far discovered regarding Anthony, is that he married Hester, was known as Sir Anthony Collett of London, and that he and his wife both died in 1637.

 

 

 

 

52F12

John Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of John and Elizabeth Collett is known to have married Ann.

 

 

 

 

52F14

Mary Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett and she died around 1617 when her Will was proved at Canterbury in 1617.

 

 

 

 

52F16

Hester Collett was born after her parents Peter Collett and Joan Nethercliffe were married in 1584.  Hester married Sir Anthony Aucher of Bishopsbourne (just south of Canterbury) in Kent, who held the office of Sheriff of Kent.  Their marriage produced two children for Hester and Anthony; a son Anthony Aucher who was born in 1614, and a daughter Collett Aucher who was born on 17th October 1618.

 

 

 

Sadly four years after both Hester and Sir Anthony had died in 1637, their son Anthony was knighted at Whitehall on 4th July 1641.  He was a politician and a cavalier in the English Civil War.  Two years after receiving his knighthood he was imprisoned in Winchester House for nine months following his involvement in the anti-parliamentarian Petition of Kent.  In 1660 and 1661 he was the Member of Parliament for Canterbury, and on 4th July 1664 he was made Baronet of Bishopsbourne.

 

 

 

Anthony Aucher (the younger) was married twice, the first time in 1635 to Elizabeth Hatton, the daughter of Sir Robert Hatton, who died in 1648, and the second time to Elizabeth Hewytt, the daughter of Robert Hewytt, whom he wed on 13th October 1681 at St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street in London.

 

 

 

By his first wife he had six sons and one daughter who all died during his life, and a further two sons and two daughters by his second wife.  Sir Anthony Aucher, First Baronet, died on 31st May 1692 and was buried at Bishopsbourne in Kent.  His widow Elizabeth then married Thomas Hart.  He was succeeded by his eldest surviving son Anthony Aucher (the third) who took over the baronetcy to become the Second Baronet.  He was born in 1685 and was baptised in march 1694.  It was his younger brother, who was born in 1687, who later became Sir Hewett Aucher the Third Baronet.

 

 

 

 

52F17

Sarah Collett was born after her parents Peter Collett and Joan Nethercliffe were married in 1584.  She later married Sir Peter Heyman of Summerfield in Kent in 1625, Peter being a Member of Parliament at that time.  On 5th July 1639 Sir Peter Heyman of Canterbury transferred property to his brother Robert Heyman of London under the terms of a ten year lease.  The property is question was referred to as West Hall, alias Stonehouse, and lands in West Thurrock.  Interestingly at that time, Peter’s wife was named as Mary Heyman, which may indicate that she was his second wife, Sarah having already died by then.  The son of Sarah Collett and Sir Peter Heyman, Sir Henry Hayman, married Mary Helford in 1658.

 

 

 

 

52G1

JOHN COLLETT was born in 1578 (see below) in the village of Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire, just inside the county boundary from Northamptonshire.  The book published in 1929 and entitled ‘Genealogy of the Descendents of John Collett of Little Gidding’ by John Dunlap Collett, states that he was a French Huguenot of Bourn in Cambridgeshire, and of London, where he was a merchant.  In 1600 he married Susanna Ferrar who was born at Bourn in 1580, the daughter of Nicholas Ferrar and Mary Woodnoth. 

 

 

 

Susanna Ferrar was baptised on 20th May 1582 at St Gabriel Fen near St Pauls in London, and it seems very likely that her marriage to John Collett also took place in London since the Ferrars were a well-established family in London at that time.  Susanna’s father was a London merchant who was an early member of the Virginia Company, the group which established the American colony in 1607.  In 1622 Susanna’s brother the deacon Nicholas Ferrar who was born on 22nd February 1592 and who had attended Clare College in Cambridge, succeeded his elder brother John as the company’s Deputy, becoming responsible for its day-to-day administration.

 

 

 

By 1624 the company was dissolved and this, coupled with the fact that during the following year there was an outbreak of the plague in London, prompted Nicholas and the Ferrar family that they should renounce worldliness by leaving London and devoting themselves to a life of godliness in the heart of England.

 

 

 

Susanna’s and Nicholas’ widowed mother Mary Ferrar (nee Woodnoth) purchased the manor at Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire which had been uninhabited for sixty years.  Upon arrival in the village Mary discovered that the church was being used as a barn and immediately set about organising it to be cleaned and restored, and this before turning her attention to carrying out much needed work on the manor house.

 

 

 

At the start of their married life together John Collett and his young wife Susanna Ferrar lived in London where their first ten children were born.  It was around 1614 that the family left London when John purchased Bourn Manor near Caldecote to the west of Cambridge to become a farmer.  It was at Bourn Manor that the couple’s last five children were born.  The family was still living there in 1625 when they received the call for help from Susanna’s her elderly mother Mary Ferrar to move the twenty miles north to Little Gidding to assist with the restoration work. 

 

 

 

As a result of this, the manor house at Little Gidding was home to around forty people ranging from babies to Mary Ferrar who was in her seventies.  The Ferrar/Collett family then set up a school for their children and their friend’s children, although not for the local village children who were offered prayer book from which to learn the psalms.  One wing of the manor house became an almshouse for four elderly and infirm women, while a dispensary was also set up in the house to provide broth and medicines to the local people.  Nicholas Ferrar was responsible for the formation of the first Anglican community in Little Gidding following the religious changes of the English Reformation.  He was a man of property and was much travelled in Italy.  It seems very likely that it was his money that was used to purchase the manor at Little Gidding.

 

 

 

Nicholas Ferrar died on 2nd December 1637 on the day after Advent Sunday at one o’clock in the morning, the hour at which he had always risen to begin his prayers.  He was buried in the table tomb outside the front door of the church, leaving space for his brother John Ferrar to be buried closer to the church door. The anniversary of the Feast of Nicholas Ferrar is commemorated every year on 4th December.

 

 

 

In 1642 King Charles I visited the Ferrar family at Little Gidding and returned two years later to seek refuge during the English Civil War.  Since Huntingdonshire was largely a parliamentarian county, the Ferrars and the Colletts, being Royalists, left Little Gidding for the safety of Holland later that same year, from where they returned two years later in 1646.  It was also on 2nd May 1646 that King Charles sought refuge with John Ferrar during his secret journey north to Scotland.  However, fearing that the King would not be safe at the manor house in Little Gidding, John took him to a safer bolt hole at nearby Coppingford Lodge.

 

 

 

It was eventually the influenza epidemic in 1657 that killed John Ferrar and his sister Susanna Collett.  It would appear from some IGI records that most of the couple’s fifteen children were born in London, although the later ones were born at Bourn Manor, where they were also baptised.  Susanna Collett nee Ferrar died at Little Gidding on 9th October 1657 and was survived by her husband John Collett who died there on 29th March 1659.  Both of them were buried in the churchyard of St John’s Church at Little Gidding.  The original version of this family line had the year of John passing as 1650, which may have been a simple error in transcription.

 

 

 

The manor house remained in the family until the mid eighteenth century when it was sold, there being no male heir to take on the property.  Sadly during the early nineteenth century the building was completely demolished.

 

 

 

Historical note:  At Little Gidding Church there is a silver flagon on which are written the words ‘Elizabeth Kestian, given to me by my dear cousin John Collett.  I desire it to be given to my dear cousin Dr John Mapletoft’.  Hester Collett (52H12) married Francis Kestian, and Susanna Collett (52H8) married the Reverend Joshua Mapletoft who was the son of (Dr) John Mapletoft.

 

 

 

New information added in 2014 suggests that John Collett was a citizen and merchant tailor of London, of Bourn in Cambridgeshire, and of Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire where he was born.  He died in 1650 at the age of 78, placing his year of birth closer to 1572 than 1578, making his wife ten years his junior.  His wife was Susanna, the daughter of Nicholas Ferrar and Mary Woodnoth, and she died during 1657 at the age of 76.  They had 15 children, all as listed below, who all used the Collett spelling of the surname where previously it had only one T.  It would appear that it was only the two sons of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar, Richard and John, who emigrated to America.  This differs from what was previously written here, insofar as the couple’s youngest son James Collett also settled in Virginia Colony in North America.

 

 

 

The same source of this new information also reveals that at the Wabash College in Crawfordsville in Indiana there are the names a number of members of the Collett family who graduated there.  They are E T Collett in 1841, John Collett in 1847, Steven S Collett in 1850, Joseph Collett in 1857, John Dunlap Collett in 1886, Fred Collett in 1902 and John Parrett Collett who was the Trustee in 1924.  Who E T Collett was has not been determined, whereas all of the remainder feature within this family line.  The brothers John, Steven and Joseph being 52O13, 52O14 and 52O15, John Dunlap and Fred being brothers 52P21 and 52P25, while the son of John Dunlap was John Parrett 52Q2.

 

 

 

52H1

Mary Collett

Born in 1600

 

52H2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1601

 

52H3

Richard Collett

Born in 1602

 

52H4

Hannah Rebecca Collett

Born in 1603

 

52H5

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1604

 

52H6

Ferrar Collett

Born in 1606

 

52H7

Nicholas Collett

Born in 1607

 

52H8

Susanna Collett

Date of birth unknown, possibly 1609

 

52H9

Elizabeth Collett

Date of birth unknown, possibly 1611

 

52H10

Edward Collett

Born in 1613

 

52H11

Joyce Collett

Born in 1614

 

52H12

Hester Collett

Born in 1616

 

52H13

Margaret Collett

Born in 1618

 

52H14

James Collett

Born in 1620

 

52H15

Judith Collett

Born in 1622

 

 

 

 

52H1

Mary Collett was born in London in 1600, the first child of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  Although not proved, it is likely that Mary Collett, the daughter of John Collett, was baptised at St Botolph’s Church in Bishopsgate in London on 26th August 1601.  The first thirteen years of her life were spent in London and around 1614 her father purchased Bourn Manor near Cambridge.  Just over ten years later the Collett family moved to the village of Little Gidding, where Mary’s father had been born.

 

 

 

It would appear that Mary remained unmarried all her life, and that shortly after moving to Little Gidding she set up a religious book bindery with her sister Hannah Rebecca (below).  Mary was still living in Little Gidding when she died in 1680.  One of the books that she bound and embroidered has since been identified as being put together in 1669.  Such was the acknowledged quality of the work of the two Collett sisters that, during a visit to the manor house in Little Gidding by King Charles I in 1642, he was presented with a beautiful work-case complete with drawers, as a memento of his visit.  The King also desired to be given a handbook of Scripture Harmonies produced by the sisters, together with a second copy for his son Princes Charles.  It is reputed that the King studied the scriptures contained therein for an hour every day.

 

 

 

Mary’s great grandmother had previously purchased land and dilapidated buildings at Little Gidding where her son Nicholas Ferrar (Mary’s grandfather) later established a devotional community.  This happened in 1624 when Mary Collett was 24, and was around the time that Mary and her sister became book binders.  The proceeds from the sales of their books helped to support the devotional community founded by her grandfather.  It was therefore this work that established Mary Collett as a prominent figure in the world of the Anglican faith, and hence the reason why she is commemorated in one of the windows in the Chapel of St John at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, which is part of the Diocese of Peterborough that also includes Little Gidding.

 

 

 

Of Mary Collett, the poet Richard Crawshaw wrote that she was “The gentlest, kindest, most tender-hearted and liberal handed-soul, I think this day alive”.  T S Eliot later wrote about the Little Gidding community by saying “That you are not here to verify, instruct yourself, or inform curiosity or carry report.  You are here to kneel where prayer has been valid”.

 

 

 

 

52H2

Thomas Collett was born in London in 1601 the eldest son of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  When he was in his early teenage years his family left London when they moved to Bourn Manor near Cambridge, before moving to Little Gidding in 1625.  While his family was living at Bourn Manor, Thomas entered Clare College in Cambridge at Easter in 1616.  The records show that he matriculated as a pensioner which meant he became of member of the university as a commoner.  That is a student who was not a scholar, and as such his parents would have paid for the tuition and the commons (this being his food). 

 

 

 

It was in the academic year 1619 to 1620 that Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts degree.  Five years later Thomas’ family made the permanent move to Little Gidding, and three years after that Thomas Collett of Highgate married Martha Sherington in July 1628.  She was the daughter of John Sherington.

 

 

 

He was a barrister of the Middle Temple and during his life Thomas owned property at Highgate in London.  He died in 1675 and his Will was proved in London that same year.  Ten years earlier in 1665, barrister Thomas Collett was granted coat of arms in the Herald’s Visitation of Middlesex, the same coat of arms granted to Sir Henry Colet (Ref. 18C5).  At the time of his death in 1675, there was recorded in London a Thomas Collett who was Lord Chief Justice, and it seems more than likely that this was Thomas Collett of London and Little Gidding.

 

 

 

52I1

Martha Collett

Born in 1631

 

52I2

John Collett

Born in 1633

 

 

 

 

52H3

Richard Collett was born in London in 1602 but he and his family later moved first to Bourn Manor in Caldecote, before settling in Little Gidding.  Richard married Elizabeth but the marriage produced no children for the couple.  Like his brother Thomas Collett (above) Richard Collett was also a barrister of the Middle Temple.  He married (1) Ann Haines but it is not clear if this took place in England or America.

 

 

 

It is understood that Richard was the first member of the family to leave England for Virginia in America, which he did in 1646, when he was followed in 1650 by his brother John (below).  After about ten years in Virginia, during which time Richard married (2) Elizabeth, he moved to Baltimore in Maryland around the mid 1660s to be nearer to his brother John.

 

 

 

The secretary to Governor Stone of Maryland at that time was Nathaniel Utie [Utye] who married the widow of Lawrence Ward.  Mrs Mary Ward was formerly Mary Mapletoft the daughter of Richard’s sister Susanna Collett (below) and her husband Joshua Mapletoft.  Tragically Mary Utie was murdered in 1663, when she was stabbed by one of her negro slaves at her home on Spesutio Island in Baltimore.

 

 

 

It was a few years after Richard moved to Baltimore where he was prominent lawyer until his death in 1668.  In July 1654, and following the creation of Calvert County in Maryland, Richard Collett was appointed High Sheriff of that county.  It was there that on 8th August 1665 a deed of land, was drawn up between the brothers Richard and John Collett (below) and John Hawkins.  And it was also in Baltimore less than three years later that Richard Collett died on 28th April 1668.

 

 

 

 

52H4

Hannah Rebecca Collett was born in London in 1603, the daughter of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  In her later life it would appear that she was referred to as Anna.  It was as Anna that she and her sister Mary (above) established a religious book bindery in the village of Little Gidding where her father had been born and to where the family moved after living for around ten years at Bourn Manor near Cambridge.  It also seems unlikely that Anna ever married and that she lived all of her adult life at Little Gidding with her unmarried sister Mary Collett.

 

 

 

However, one earlier conclusion was that in March 1628 at St Margaret’s Church in Lee in Kent, Hannah Collett married the court musician Clement Lanier (1591-1661) but this has been disproved by the Will of her mother Anne Carter, a widow of London, who died in 1647.  The Will was signed on 31st March 1647 and was proved at Greenwich on 27th September 1647 by Clement Lanier and his wife Hannah, ‘the daughter of the deceased’.  For further information on this line, see Appendix One.

 

 

 

 

52H5

JOHN COLLETT was born in London in 1604 and when he was around ten years old his family left London to live at Bourn Manor near Cambridge where his father John Collett was a farmer.  It is reputed that, like his brother Thomas (above), John Collett junior was a Fellow of Clare College in Cambridge.  However, although the University records confirm that only one John Collett did attend Clare College, the date of his attendance does not sit comfortably with this John in that it was around 1649 by which time this John was married with children.  It is there more likely that he was John Collett who was baptised in 1633, the son of the aforesaid Thomas Collett (above) who was married in 1628.

 

 

 

In 1625 John’s parents left Bourn Manor and settled in the village of Little Gidding where his father John had been born.  Many years later in 1639 when he was in his early thirties, John married the much younger Ann Goldsmith who was born in 1614, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Goldsmith, who was most likely related to John Goldsmith who married John’s sister Elizabeth Collett (below).  In fact it was John Goldsmith, brother-in-law, who was a witness when John Collett made his Will, the second witness being George Goldsmith.  It is likely that the first three children of John Collett and Ann Goldsmith were all born at Little Gidding. 

 

 

 

Eleven years later, during the English Civil War, John and Ann and their three children at that time, left England when they sailed to America in 1650, together with Ann’s parents.  The family initially settled for a few years in Virginia before finally ending up at Baltimore in Maryland where the couple’s fourth child was born.  John Collett served for four years as the High Sheriff of Baltimore, commencing on 9th April 1662 until 1666, following which he was elected to the office of County Clerk which he held until his death three years later.

 

 

 

John Collett died at Baltimore on 29th November 1669, where he was also buried, when his youngest son was only fourteen years old.  The witnesses to the signing of his Will were his brother-in-law John Goldsmith, and son-in-law George Goldsmith the husband of John’s daughter Mary Collett.

 

 

 

In his Will of 1669, which was proved on 29th October 1670, John Collett named his sons Samuel Collett, John Collett, and George Collett, the two older brothers being named as his executors, and in which he bequeathed many acres of land to members of his family.  Also included was an estate of land near Gun Powder River, together with houses, orchards, a feather bed, furniture, and one thousand pounds of tobacco.  Another beneficiary under the terms of the Will was his brother-in-law John Goldsmith.

 

 

 

In the years between 1658 and 1668 deed records show a great many tracts of land deeded to John Collett in Maryland at Colingham, Black Island, Collett’s point, and Beaver Neck.  In addition to these there were other transfers, such as joining his brother Richard (above) in a deed to John Hawkins in August 1665.  In may be significant that a tract of land noted on a map dated 1673 for the Chesapeake Bay area, to the west of Baltimore, was referred to as Collett’s Neck.

 

 

 

52I3

SAMUEL COLLETT

Born in 1640 in England

 

52I4

John Collett

Born in 1642 in England

 

52I5

Mary Collett

Born in 1645 in England

 

52I6

George Collett

Born in 1655 in Baltimore

 

 

 

 

52H6

Ferrar Collett was probably born in 1606, although one unlikely record has been found that suggests he was born in 1596 when his mother Susanna Ferrar would have only been fifteen.  There is a chance that through a transcribing error the year of his birth could have been 1599, but this would indicate that Susanna was seventeen when she conceived the child.

 

 

 

Ferrar attended Peterhouse College in Cambridge from 16th May 1636, where his college records confirm that he was the son of John Collett of Little Gidding, and that his mother was Susanna Ferrar.  He matriculated in 1636 and it was during the year 1639-1640 that he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, which was followed in 1643 by his Masters Degree.  He became a Fellow of the university from 1643 to 1646, but was then ejected for some reason. 

 

 

 

During 1661 he became incorporated at Oxford, although it was at Lincoln that same year that he was ordained a priest on 25th April 1661, when he became the Reverend Ferrar Collett, Rector of Little Gidding.  He left Little Gidding two years later when he settled in Hamerton, one mile south of Little Gidding, where he lived until his death in 1679.

 

 

 

 

52H7

Nicholas Collett was born in London in 1607.  When he was around eight years old his family left London and took up residence at Bourn Manor in Caldecote near Cambridge.  Ten years later the family moved again, this time to Little Gidding.  Nicholas married Jane Smith in 1636 and the marriage produced a total of nine children for the couple, all of whom were baptised at the Church of St Mary Woolnoth in the City of London.  Nicholas Collett, who was a merchant and a goldsmith in London, died in 1684.

 

 

 

52I7

Suzanna Collett

Baptised on 12.11.1637; infant death

 

52I8

Mary Collett

Baptised on 16.01.1639; died in 1680

 

52I9

John Collett

Baptised on 10.06.1641

 

52I10

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 12.06.1642

 

52I11

Martha Collett

Baptised on 19.07.1646; infant death

 

52I12

Nicholas Collett

Baptised on 03.07.1648

 

52I13

Susan Collett

Baptised on 09.08.1649

 

52I14

Martha Collett

Baptised on 12.10.1654

 

52I15

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 15.03.1656

 

 

 

 

52H8

Susanna Collett, whose actual date of birth is not known, was possibly born in London around 1609.  What is known is that upon leaving London when Susanna was around five years old, her family initially lived at Bourn Manor until she was sixteen, before finally settling in Little Gidding.  In 1630 Susanna married (1) the Reverend Joshua Mapletoft, the son of the Reverend John Mapletoft who was also the brother of Solomon Mapletoft who married Susanna’s youngest sister Judith Collett (below).  Joshua was born at Margaretting near Chelmsford in Essex in 1605, and died in 1635.

 

 

 

The marriage produced a son, John Mapletoft, who was born at Margaretting on 15th July 1631 and who died at Westminster on 10th November 1685, and a daughter Mary Mapletoft who was born in August 1629, who went on to marry (1) Lawrence Ward, the couple settling in Nansemond County, Virginia in 1655.  Sometime later Mary married (2) Nathaniel Utie of Spesutia Island, who was the secretary to the State Governor of Maryland.  Tragically in 1663 Mary Utie was murdered by one of her negro slaves.

 

 

 

It therefore seems highly likely that Mary Mapletoft, perhaps as Mary Ward (or Lawrence) travelled to North America to be reunited with her two uncles Richard and John Collet (above) and her aunt Elizabeth Collett (below) who had sailed thee in 1650.

 

 

 

Susanna Collett and Joshua Mapletoft also had three other child, Anna, Peter, and Samuel who was born in 1632 who died that same year.  Following the death of her first husband Joshua Mapletoft in 1635, Susanna Collett then married (2) Jonas [James] Chedley.  Susanna Chedley nee Collett died at Little Gidding on 31st October 1657, just twenty-two days after her mother Susanna Collett nee Ferrar passed away.

 

 

 

While she was still married to Joshua Mapletoft, Susanna asked her husband to say prayers at Little Gidding for her brother Edward Collett (below) when he sailed from Gravesend to the East Indies.  Susanna and Joshua also had two other children in addition to John and Mary, and these were Anne Mapletoft and Peter Mapletoft.

 

 

 

Susanna’s son John Mapletoft was educated at Westminster during the English Civil War, after which he attended Trinity College in Cambridge.  Although destined to following his father into the church, the unrest of the war resulted in him taking up medicine and becoming a successful physician, often travelling to Italy.  From 1676 to 1679 he held the office of Physics Professor at Gresham College.  Following this, John Mapletoft retired to Hemel Hempstead where he received Holy Orders and in 1682 he was made Curate of Braybrooke in Northamptonshire where he became a devoted and successful parish priest.  Three years later he was appointed to the charge of St Lawrence Jewry in London which he held until 1710.  He died in 1721 aged ninety, and was buried in the churchyard of St Lawrence.

 

 

 

 

52H9

Elizabeth Collett, whose actual date of birth is not known, was very likely born in London around 1611.  She was possibly around three or four years old when her parents moved out of London and made their home at Bourn Manor where the family lived until 1625, after which they moved to Little Gidding.  Elizabeth Collett married (1) Benjamin Woodnoth who was a relative of her maternal grandmother, with whom she had a son Arthur Woodnoth.  Following the death of her first husband Elizabeth married (2) John Goldsmith who was very likely her brother-in-law, his sister Ann Goldsmith having married Elizabeth’s brother John Collett (above).

 

 

 

That second marriage may indicate that Elizabeth and John Goldsmith lived in Baltimore close to Elizabeth’s brother John Collett and his family, since John Goldsmith and his brother George were witnesses to the signing of the Will of John Collett of Baltimore.  Elizabeth and John Goldsmith had a daughter Mary Goldsmith who was the beneficiary under the terms of the 1673 Will of Elizabeth’s nephew John Collett (Ref. 52I4).  The document confirmed that John’s cousin Mary Goldsmith was the daughter of John Goldsmith of Baltimore.  All of this happened twenty-two years after Elizabeth Goldsmith nee Collett had died in 1651.

 

 

 

 

52H10

Edward Collett was born in 1613 and was possibly the last child of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar to be born in London.  Either at the end of 1613, or very early in 1614, Edward’s family moved away from London when they lived the next ten years at Bourn Manor near Cambridge.  He would have been twelve years old when his family swapped Bourn Manor with the manor house in Little Gidding.  Later in his life he became a goldsmith in London and went into partnership with his nephew Arthur Woodnoth, a member of his grandmother’s family on his mother’s side.

 

 

 

Even later in his life, Edward sailed from Gravesend to the East Indies at which time his sister Susanna asked her husband the Reverend Joshua Mapletoft, to say prayers for him and for deliverance from calamity by fire.  Some records indicate that Edward may have been married twice, the first time to Joanna (Johanna) Thomas.

 

 

 

 

52H11

Joyce Collett may or may not have been born in London, but was baptised on 16th March 1614 at Bourn after he father had taken over Bourn Manor.  After ten years at Bourn Manor Joyce’s family moved the twenty miles north to settle in Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire.  It was also in Huntingdonshire that Joyce Collett married the Reverend Edward Wallis of Sawtry, to the east of Little Gidding, with whom she had four children Catherine, Virginia, Thomas, and Benjamin.  Edward was born in 1610 and died in 1687 and was followed by Joyce who died five years later in 1692.

 

 

 

 

52H12

Hester Collett was born at Bourn Manor in 1616, the daughter of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  The only other known information about Hester is that around 1635 she married Francis Kestian and presented him with three children before he died in 1646.  They were Elizabeth Kestian (1637-1716), Francis Kestian (1638-1666) and Thomas Kestian.

 

 

 

 

52H13

Margaret Collett was born at Bourn Manor in 1618, the daughter of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  The only other known facts relating to Margaret are that she married (1) John Ramsey around 1636, and that was followed by a second marriage to (2) Thomas Posthumus Leggett who died in 1666.

 

 

 

 

52H14

James Collett was born at Bourn Manor in 1620, the son of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar, and he followed in his brothers’ footsteps, Thomas and Richard (above), by becoming a barrister at the Middle Temple.  Although no positive proof has been found, it is possible that James became Sir James Collett who, in 1709, was listed as one of the worthies helping nearly 8,000 men, women and children refuges come to England from Palantine where thousands of villages, towns and cities had been burnt to the ground.  The operation was generally referred to as ‘The German Exodus to England in 1709’.  What is known is that he later travelled to America, where he settled the Virginia Colony.

 

 

 

 

52H15

Judith Collett was born at Bourn Manor in 1622 and was baptised on 2nd March 1623, the youngest child of John Collett and Susanna Ferrar.  At the age of two years her family left Bourn Manor and moved to Little Gidding.  Judith Collett eventually married the Reverend Solomon Mapletoft who was her brother-in-law, he being the brother of Joshua Mapletoft who had married Judith’s older sister Susanna Collett (above).  The marriage produced two daughters for the couple, Margaret and Mary, and both Mary and her mother Judith are understood to have died around 1659.  This happened two years after Judith was made a widow by the death of her husband in 1657.

 

 

 

 

52I2

John Collett was born before 1633 and was the son of Thomas Collett and Martha Sherington who were married in the summer of 1628.  It was in 1633 that John was baptised at the church of All Hallows-on-the-Wall (just south of Liverpool Street Station) in London.  With his father being a wealthy barrister of the Middle Temple who owned property in London, it was not unexpected that John followed in his father’s footsteps by attending Clare College in Cambridge.  The University records show that he was accepted as a Fellow Commoner on 5th June 1649.

 

 

 

This description of John Collett indicated that he was a rich undergraduate, often a nobleman, who dined at High Table with the Fellows, that is, that he took his Commons (meals) with the Fellows.  Around 1680 when John was in his late forties married Elizabeth Glover with whom he had three children.  John Collett was eighty years old when he died in 1713.

 

 

 

52J1

Thomas Collett

Born after 1680; died 1685

 

52J2

John Collett

Born after 1680; died 1687

 

52J3

William Collett

Born after 1680; died 1690

 

 

 

 

52I3

SAMUEL COLLETT was born in England in 1640.  He was the eldest son of John Collett and Ann Goldsmith who, when he was ten years old, left England and sailed to North America to settle at Baltimore in Maryland.  On 12th February 1667 Samuel Collett received the power of attorney from Thomas Powell.  He was mentioned in two Wills, the first that of his father John, which was proved on 29th October 1670, and then again in that of his brother-in-law Goldsmith, the husband of his sister Mary Collett (below).  The only other known details relating to Samuel are that he was married to Catherine in 1672, that the marriage produced a son, and that Samuel Collett died in 1706, and very likely in Maryland.  His wife Catherine was many years younger than Samuel, having been born in 1653. 

 

 

 

52J4

DAVID COLLETT

Born in 1673 at Baltimore

 

 

 

 

52I4

John Collett was born in England in 1642, the son of John Collett and Ann Goldsmith.  In 1650 John’s family sailed to America and made their home in Baltimore.  John never married and when he died on 21st June 1673 his property was bequeathed to his cousin Mary Goldsmith, the daughter of John Goldsmith of Baltimore and his wife Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 52H9).  The making of the Will of John Collett was witnessed by George Goldsmith.

 

 

 

 

52I5

Mary Collett was born in England in 1645, the daughter of John Collett and Ann Goldsmith.  Mary was just five years of age when she sailed across the Atlantic with her parents to a new life in Baltimore.  It also seems highly likely that members of the Goldsmith family also made the crossing to America, since Mary Collett later married George Goldsmith.  And it was George Goldsmith who was the witness at the signing of the Wills of both his wife Mary Collett, and his brother-in-law John Collett (above).  The marriage of Mary and George Goldsmith produced no children, and in fact Mary may have died during childbirth when she was just twenty-one years of age, since her Will was proved on 20th July 1666.

 

 

 

 

52I6

George Collett was born at Baltimore in 1655 and took place five years after his parents John Collett and Ann Goldsmith had sailed to Maryland from England.  There is a reference to George Collett in the 1669 Will of his father, in which he was listed as being a minor.  One later document, dated 13th March 1685, was a deed for the purchase of 500 acres from John Holland.

 

 

 

 

52I14

Martha Collett was born on 1st October 1654 and was baptised eleven days later at the Church of St Mary Woolnoth in London on 12th October 1654, when her parents were confirmed as Nicholas and Jane Collett.  When she was around twenty-five years old she married John Mawhood.  The marriage produced five children, these being sons Nicholas Mawhood, Collet Mawhood, and daughters Agnes, Jane and Susanna.  Twelve years after Martha was baptised there, the Church of St Mary Woolnoth, on the corner of Lombard Street and King William Street (near the Bank of England), was partially destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666 but was repaired by Sir Christopher Wren.

 

 

 

 

52J4

DAVID COLLETT was born at Baltimore in 1673 shortly after his father Samuel Collett married Catherine in 1672.  David became a married man in 1700 and the marriage produced three children for him and his wife.  On 13th August 1723 David Collett leased land from Thomas Bladen of London through Benjamin Traskers in Baltimore, and the document listed the heirs of David Collett as Daniel Collett, Ruth Collett and Moses Collett.

 

 

 

52K1

DANIEL COLLETT

Born in 1701 at Baltimore

 

52K2

Ruth Collett

Born in 1703 at Baltimore

 

52K3

Moses Collett

Born in 1705 at Baltimore

 

 

 

 

52K1

DANIEL COLLETT was born at Baltimore on 3rd July 1701 and was the eldest son of David Collett.  Daniel was married twice; the first time at Baltimore in 1724 to (1) Ruth, and the second time in 1749 when he married (2) Susanna McKinley or McKenly.  His first wife Ruth died on 13th February 1725, possibly during the birth of the couple’s only child, and it may have been later that same year or early in the following year that Daniel was re-married.  That second marriage produced a further seven children for Daniel and Susanna, although the order in which they were born has not been established at this time.

 

 

 

Daniel Collett died on 15th June 1784 and was followed by his second wife Susanna who died in 1801.  Her Will was proved on 11th November 1801, in which she bequeathed 307 acres of land in Maryland to her two sons William and Stephen.

 

 

 

52L1

MOSES COLLETT

Born in 1725

 

52L2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1727

 

52L3

Sampson Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52L4

Jemima Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52L5

Mary Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52L6

William Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52L7

Stephen Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52L8

Rachel Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52L1

MOSES COLLETT was born at Baltimore in 1725, the only son of Daniel Collett and his first wife Ruth.  Moses was nearly twenty years old on 12th January 1745 when he married (1) Elizabeth Wyle who was born on 18th August 1725.  That marriage lasted less than five years, during which time Elizabeth presented Moses with two children.  Elizabeth died either during the birth of the second child or a little after that time, following which Moses married (2) Elizabeth Armstrong in 1750 with whom he had a further seven children.  One source also states that Moses Collett died just over thirty years later during June in 1783, possibly at Madison County in Virginia, but that his date of birth was 17th November 1718 in Baltimore.

 

 

 

However, other alternative records found, reveal that the mother of all of the children of Moses Collett was Elizabeth Wyle, so indicating that he was only married once.  Those alternative records also give the children’s place of birth as Kentucky, with Daniel and Sarah both being born at Clinton in Ohio.  Therefore this section may require further amendment at a later date when more positive information is unearthed.  In addition to which, another source suggests that Moses Collett died in 1802 and that date corresponds to the fact that ten years earlier he entered into a deed of land with Adam Burney which was signed on 19th May 1792.  From other documents it is known that he was the brother-in-law to John Stevenson, whose wife was Esther Wyle, the sister of his own wife.

 

 

 

52M1

Stephen Collett

Born in 1746

 

52M2

Rachel Collett

Born in 1748

 

The following are possibly the children of Moses Collett by his second wife Elizabeth Armstrong:

 

52M3

Moses Collett

Born in 1750

 

52M4

DANIEL COLLETT

Born in 1752

 

52M5

Abraham Collett

Born in 1753

 

52M6

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1754

 

52M7

John Collett

Born in 1760

 

52M8

Isaac Collett

Born in 1762

 

52M9

Aaron Collett

Born in 1763

 

52M10

Sarah Collett

Born in 1765

 

 

 

 

52L2

Elizabeth Collett was born at Baltimore in 1727 the first child of Daniel Collett and Susanna McKinley.  On 15th December 1754 Elizabeth married Martin Murphy.

 

 

 

 

52L6

William Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was one of the children of Daniel Collett and his second wife Susanna McKenly.  When his mother died in 1801 William and his younger brother Stephen (below) were named as the beneficiaries, inheriting 305 acres of land in Maryland.

 

 

 

 

52L7

Stephen Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was one of the children of Daniel Collett and his second wife Susanna McKenly.  When his mother died in 1801 Stephen, together with his older brother William (above), inherited 305 acres of land in Maryland.

 

 

 

 

52L8

Rachel Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of Daniel Collett and Susanna McKinley.  While it is known that her older siblings were born at Baltimore, there is a chance that Rachel was born in 1743 at Wilmington, Newcastle in Delaware to the north east of Baltimore.  Certainly it is known that this Rachel Collett married John Dutton at Wilmington on 16th November 1764.  John Dutton was born in Delaware in 1735 and the couple’s daughter Prudence was born in 1765 and she died on 13th June 1827.

 

 

 

 

52M1

Stephen Collett was born at Baltimore on 4th May 1746, the eldest son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  However, the place of birth may have been Kentucky and not Baltimore.  One source of information regarding Stephen states that he was killed by Indians while in Kentucky in November 1820, while another suggests he died in Maryland.

 

 

 

 

52M2

Rachel Collett was born at Baltimore on 15th December 1748, the eldest daughter of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  Rachel may have been married to (1) John Kilpatrick at Baltimore before she married (2) Josiah Sparks at Baltimore on 19th January 1773, and with whom she had nine children.  Josiah Sparks was born at Baltimore in 1752 and was the son of Josiah Sparks and Penelope Brown.  He lived a very long life and died on 19th January 1846 at the age of ninety-six while he was living at Monkton in Baltimore where he was buried.  His wife Rachel had died twenty-eight years earlier when she passed away on 28th September 1818, and she too was buried at Monkton.

 

 

 

Their nine children were all born at Baltimore and, in most cases, they were buried at Monkton.  They were Elizabeth Sparks (1774 to 25.04.1860), Sarah Sparks (1780 to 14.05.1851), Ruth Sparks (1782 to 25.03.1858), Aaron Sparks (17.05.1787 to 31.05.1856), to Thomas Sparks (1790 -), Francis Sparks (11.05.1792 to 26.11.1867), Daniel Sparks (1793 to 1863), Matthew Sparks (1795 -), and Rachel Sparks (1797 -)

 

 

 

 

52M3

Moses Collett was born at Baltimore in 1750, the son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Armstrong or Elizabeth Wyle.  The Maryland census of 1790 includes Moses Collett with a large family, about which nothing is currently available.  The only other known fact about Moses junior is that he died in Maryland in 1836.

 

 

 

 

52M4

DANIEL COLLETT was born at Baltimore on 10th February 1752, the son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Armstrong, although another record shows he was the son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle (Wiley) born on the same day but at Clinton County in Ohio.  Daniel Collett married Mary Haines at Jefferson or Berkeley in West Virginia on 28th February 1781 and he died at Chester Township in Clinton, Ohio on 28th June 1835 - although again, other records give the year as 1805 and 1825.  Mary Haines was the daughter of Joshua Haines and Mercy Lupton and was born at Frederick in Virginia on 8th October 1753.  Mary Collett nee Haines died at Clinton, Ohio on 18th September 1826.  The marriage of Daniel and Mary produced at least three known children for the couple, while it is more than likely that there were other children, not yet identified.

 

 

 

Daniel Collett was a devout Episcopalian who entered the Revolutionary army under Captain Wright of Martinsburg, Virginia.  He served at Valley Forge, White plains, and at the defeat of General Gates.  He also served when the Virginia volunteers were encamped in Pennsylvania, and also fought at the Battle of Monmouth.  Daniel was also known as ‘Revolutionary Dan’ for his service in the Virginia militia during the American War of Independence (1775-1783).  The land to the west of the Appalachian Mountains won by the colonists, together with their colonial territories, was surveyed and portions of the land were used as late payment for militia services.

 

 

 

In that way, Daniel Collett, then of Harper’s Ferry in Virginia, received land in the Ohio segment of the Virginia militia land, just north of Cincinnati, to which he added four thousand acres of forest land in Clinton County which he purchased in 1813.  And it was during the following year that Daniel moved the family from a farm in Virginia to a log cabin in the woods of Chester Township known as ‘Hole in the Woods’.  A portion of that same land, on a farm in Clinton County in Ohio, is still in the ownership of the family in 2009, that being Mckay Collett the cousin of Stephen Collett (Ref. 52R2) of Norway.

 

 

 

Daniel resided in Virginia for forty years and for many years was a Justice of the Peace.  He held court each month and, it was said, there was more dignity attending the justices’ court in those days than is seen today in the higher courts of Ohio.  On one occasion, the judge of the court of Jefferson assessed a fine upon each of the justices of that county for neglect to provide suitable steps to the jail at Charleston.  Daniel Collett paid his fine and then took the contract for erecting the stone steps which still today, grace the front of that historic edifice.

 

 

 

52N1

Moses Collett

Born in 1784 at Jefferson County, VA.

 

52N2

Isaac Collett

Born in 1786 at Jefferson County, VA.

 

52N3

JONATHAN COLLETT

Born in 1787 at Jefferson County, VA.

 

 

 

 

52M5

Abraham Collett may have been born during the last few weeks of 1752 or sometime during 1753.  With one record stating that the year was 1752 there is another chance that he may have been the twin brother of Daniel Collett (above).  Curiously though it is the name of Daniel Collett which does not appear listed as a family member in the 1929 publication ‘Genealogy of the Descendents of John Collett’.  Within that document Abraham Collett is credited with having five children at the time of the Maryland census in 1790, the same year that Abraham Collett also died.

 

 

 

 

52M6

Elizabeth Collett was born on 18th December 1754 at Baltimore.  She was the daughter of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  She married John Teague at Baltimore and died at Fountain County in Indiana on 27th February 1816, although another source states she died at Warren County in Indiana.

 

 

 

 

52M7

John Collett was born at Baltimore on 8th November 1757, the son of Moses and Elizabeth Collett.  Another record indicates that John, the son of Moses and Elizabeth Wyle, was born in 1760.  That raises two options, was he baptised in 1760, or was he the second child in the family to be named John, the first presumably having died shortly after he was born.  In 1782 John married Elizabeth Stevenson, the daughter of Robert and Anna Stevenson of Baltimore who was born at Newport around 1765.  A later record has also been found of the marriage of John Collett and Elizabeth McDaniels that took place on 30th August 1790, but it is unclear as to who he was.

 

 

 

Once married the couple initially settled in Baltimore, where their first two children were born, after which there were living at Huntingdon in Pennsylvania where their next four children were born, but where sadly the three of couple’s first four children died.  By the time of the death of their fourth child, their daughter Elizabeth, the depleted family was living in Chillicothe in Ohio, where the last three children were born.  The couple’s ninth and last child also died at Chillicothe, meaning only four of them survived.

 

 

 

By the time the family moved to Huntingdon in 1786, the Collett family had bought land in Ohio and Terre Haute in Indiana, and it was at the latter that many of them were buried.  A set of silver spoons engraved with the words ‘John Collett 1786’ are still held by his descendents.  Land deeds drawn up on 15th May 1786 confirm that John Collett purchased land at Huntingdon from John Foley.  Other documents after that time show that John Collett was a supervisor at Springfield Township in 1796, and that it was during the following year that he removed his family from Huntingdon to Ross County in Northwest Territory, settling at Chillicothe on the banks of the Scioto River, where a township had only just been established in 1796.  It was there in 1797 that he was appointed Land Surveyor for the Government.

 

 

 

It was a year after the family had arrived at Chillicothe that John Collett purchased property there on 30th June 1798 from Nathaniel Massie.  Later that same year, on 13th October, John and his wife Elizabeth paid $100 to Michael Blair for half of the lot on the north side of Main Street, plus half of the adjoining lot.  Less than two years later they sold to John Hubbard a lot on Water Street in Chillcothe which they had purchased on 17th June 1798.  The amount paid was $700 and the date of the transaction was 4th January 1800. 

 

 

 

During 1801 and 1802 John Collett was Township Trustee for Scioto Township and at the start of 1803, on 13th January, John and Elizabeth sold a lot in Chillicothe to Adam Holler for $600.  It was in the autumn of that year that Elizabeth, the wife of John Collett, died at Chillicothe and was buried in the old cemetery south of Main Street.  It was also around that time that the couple’s youngest child Jessie died.  The cemetery was later abandoned and the bodies were taken to a new site at Green Lawn Cemetery in Chillicothe.  It was also during 1803 that the State of Ohio was accepted into the Union.

 

 

 

All of the subsequent land deals made by John after the death of his wife, and there were a great many, were set out in the names of John Collett and his heirs.  One very interesting one was dated 4th November 1811 and referred to the sale of 100 acres land in Scioto Township to Robert Dunlap for $1,500.  The Dunlap name would again be linked to the Collett family again in 1847 when Oscar Wilks Collett (see Appendix Four) married Agnes R Dunlap at St. Louis Cathedral in Missouri, and again in 1861 when Stephen Stevenson Collett (Ref. 52O14) married Sarah Jane Dunlap.

 

 

 

Shortly after selling the land to Robert Dunlap, John Collett left Chillicothe and Scioto when he moved to Franklinton in Franklin County, Ohio, although his son Josephus Collett remained at Chillicothe for a while and was made Sheriff of Ross County in Chillicothe during 1817, which he held until 1819.  The business opportunities for a dealer in land were far greater in Franklinton, since that had been the headquarters for the army in the war of 1812, and hence was a much busier place than Chillicothe or Scioto.

 

 

 

Also in 1812, John Collett and others were the first to purchase land across the Scioto River from Franklinton on the site of the newly formed town of Columbus, Ohio, to where John moved in 1813.  One of the lots of land purchased by John on the west side of the High Street, between State Street and Chapel Street, was where John erected the first brick-built house in Columbus which, when completed, was conducted as a tavern [hotel] until 8th September 1818 when it was sold to Robert Russell.  It was then that John returned to Terre Haute, where he took up the post of Government Land Surveyor for Indiana.

 

 

 

Six years later, in 1824, and upon the formation of Vermillion County, John left Terre Haute with his son Josephus and moved to Newport, Indiana, where he built the first tavern [hotel] in that town, which he managed with the help of his daughter Mary, who was known as Polly Collett.

 

 

 

So far as has been determined to date, only John’s sons Josephus and Stephen, together with his daughter Mary, survived into adulthood.  John Collett later went to live with his son Stephen at Eugene Township in Vermillion County where he died on 22nd January 1834 and was buried at Terre Haute, south of Eugene and to the west of Indianapolis.  Once again there is a conflict of information here, since one source states he died on 22nd June 1834.

 

 

 

52N4

Anna Collett

Born on 02.04.1783 at Baltimore

 

52N5

William Collett

Born on 24.01.1785 at Baltimore

 

52N6

Josephus Collett

Born on 24.02.1787

 

52N7

David Collett

Born on 29.04.1789

 

52N8

Stephen Stevenson Collett

Born on 26.12.1791

 

52N9

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 22.07.1794

 

52N10

Mary Collett

Born on 18.02.1797

 

52N11

Emily Collett

Born on 13.08.1799

 

52N12

Jessie Collett

Born on 02.01.1802

 

 

 

 

52M8

Isaac Collett was born at Baltimore on 14th June 1762, a son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  Like his brother Abraham, Isaac is believed to have died after the Maryland census in 1790 when he was listed as having five children.  However, yet again there is other information which gives the date he died as being during September in 1773 when he was only eleven years old.  So the question that raises is, was the date 1773 actually a misinterpretation of 1793.

 

 

 

 

52M9

Aaron Collett was born at Baltimore on 11th May 1763 and was the youngest son of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  Once they were old enough, Aaron and his sister Sarah (below) packed their belongings on the back of their horses and travelled to a new life in Kentucky.  One source indicates that Aaron Collett was wounded during an attack by Indians and later died of his injuries on 16th August 1785 in Kentucky.  However, on 10th December 1813 an Aaron Collett from Baltimore purchased land in Maryland from John Rose and it was twenty-two years later when that Aaron Collett died there on 16th August 1835.

 

 

 

 

52M10

Sarah Collett was born at Baltimore on 30th September 1765, the last child of Moses Collett and Elizabeth Wyle.  On completing her education she and her brother Aaron (above) left the family home and rode of horses over the mountains to a new life in Kentucky.  At the fort founded by Daniel Boone she met her future husband, the white haired young man that was Silas Ashby.  He was also from Maryland and was also seeking a new home in Kentucky.  He was six feet two inches tall and could outrun and out jump any Indian.  Sarah Collett married Silas Ashby on 21st April 1789 at Stanford in Lincoln County in Kentucky and she died at Springfield near Wilmington 26th June 1824 and was buried in Friends Cemetery in Springfield.  Silas Ashby was born at Stafford in Virginia on 17th June 1765, the son of Thomas Ashby and Mary Ann McCullough.  The couple were only married for seventeen years when Silas died on 24th September 1806 – see comment below.  When that happened, Sarah’s brother Daniel was responsible for Sarah and her children moving to Ohio where he was living.

 

 

 

The marriage produced a son and two daughters for Sarah, although the year of birth of the third child appears to be almost three years after the death of Silas Ashby.  That therefore brings into question the date of birth of the second child, since records seems to confirm Silas’ death as the more accurate.  The couple’s two daughters were Anna Ashby who was born on 10th October 1792, and Sarah Ashby whose date of birth is thought to be 19th March 1809, whereas 1806 would correspondence more closely with the death of her father.  Anna, who later married Henry Pollard during 1810 in Kentucky, was born at Lincoln County in Kentucky, while Sarah was born at Greene County in Ohio and she died in October 1871.  The son of Sarah and Silas was Hankinson Ashby who was born on 11th April 1791and he married Edith Pollard in 1810, perhaps a double wedding with his sister and Edith’s brother.

 

 

 

 

52N1

Moses Collett was born at Jefferson County in Virginia on 6th March 1784, the eldest of the two known sons of Daniel Collett and Mary Haines.  Once married his son Daniel Haines Collett was born at Lebanon in Warren County, Ohio.  Moses Collett died on 1st July 1823.

 

 

 

52O1

Daniel Haines Collett

Born in 1806 at Lebanon, Warren Cty, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52N2

Isaac Collett was born at Jefferson County in Virginia during 1786 and he married Julia.  According to the census in 1850 Isaac Collett was 64, his wife Julia A Collett was 52, and the four children living with them at Chester Township were Fred C Collett who was 25, M Collett who was 23, Jacob Collett who was 17 and Catherine Collett who was 15, all of the children born in Ohio.

 

 

 

52O2

Fred C Collett

Born in 1825 at Ohio

 

52O3

M Collett (a son)

Born in 1827 at Ohio

 

52O4

Jacob H Collett

Born in 1832 at Ohio

 

52O5

Catherine Collett

Born in 1835 at Ohio

 

 

 

 

52N3

JONATHAN COLLETT was born at Jefferson County in Virginia on 25th April 1787, the younger of the two known sons of Daniel Collett and Mary Haines.  He married Sarah McKay at Lebanon in Warren County, Ohio on 30th April 1823 with whom he had ten children.  The family home was on land purchased by Daniel Collett in 1813 and was known as ‘Hole in the Woods’ and, it was there at Chester Township that most of the couple’s children were born.  Sarah McKay had been born at Fredericksburg in Virginia on 11th November 1799, the daughter of Moses McKay and Abigail Shinn who had moved to Clinton County from Virginia in 1814. 

 

 

 

All twelve members of the family attended the local Baptist Church, and it was with the money obtained from working on the United States arsenal at Harper’s Ferry in Virginia that Jonathan Collett was able to buy a large tract of land.  Following the death of his wife Sarah in Clinton County on 22nd October 1852, Jonathan Collett, a widower of 73 from Virginia, was residing at Chester Township in Clinton County on the day of the census in 1860.  On that day he had living with him four of his children, and they were Martha Collett who was 29, William Collett who was 21, Robert Collett who was 19 and Azel Collett who was 17.  Also living with the family was Emily McKay aged 20 and Thomas D Smith who was 22.  It was five years later that Jonathan Collett died on 10th October 1855

 

 

 

It is interesting that at the time of the death of his son Robert in 1911, the record of the death included a reference to his father as Jonathan Collett from Fredericksburg in Virginia, rather than Jefferson, VA, as stated above. 

 

 

 

52O6

Ann Collett

Born in 1824 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O7

Moses N Collett

Born in 1825 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O8

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1826 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O9

Francis Collett

Born in 1829 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O10

Martha Collett

Born in 1831 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O11

Aaron Collett

Born in 1832 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O12

George Collett

Born in 1834 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O13

William J Collett

Born in 1838 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O14

ROBERT COLLETT

Born in 1840 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52O15

Azel Waters Collett

Born on 17.09.1842

 

 

 

 

52N4

Anna Collett was born at Baltimore on 2nd April 1783, the first child of John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson.  Sadly she was barely ten years old when she died at Huntington in Pennsylvania on 23rd June 1794, just five days before her brother William (below) also passed away.  This would indicate that her family was suffering with a serious epidemic or illness at that time.

 

 

 

 

52N5

William Collett was born at Baltimore on 24th January 1785, the eldest son of John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson, although an alternative source lists the month as June.  Tragically he died at Huntington in Pennsylvania on 28th June 1794 when he was just nine years old, the third child in the family to die during that month, following the death of his sister Anna (above) and his brother David (below) who had died five months earlier that year.

 

 

 

 

52N6

Josephus Collett was born at Baltimore on 24th February 1787, one of only three children of John and Elizabeth Collett to survive beyond childhood.  From 1797 to 1812 he and his family lived at Chillicothe where his mother died in 1803.  However, when his widowed father left Chillicothe in 1812 Josephus remained living, and in 1817 he was made Sheriff of Ross County in Chillicothe, Ohio during 1817, a position he held until 1819.

 

 

 

During the remainder of his life he was a master mason and he moved from Terre Haute to Eugene in 1824.  It was previous believed that he was twice married, whereas it is now established that he had four wives.  Josephus Collett married (1) Elizabeth Tiffen (1800-1879) on 15th December 1818 at Chillicothe, but from whom he was divorced in 1821.  He then married (2) Elizabeth Greathouse at Vermillion County in Indiana on 28th July 1828, while five years later he married (3) Eleanor Groenendyke (1811-1833) on 7th July 1833 at Vermillion who tragically died at Eugene in Indiana just over four months later, where she was buried on 22nd September 1833, aged 22.  Eleanor was younger sister of Sarah Groenendyke who married Josephus’ brother Stephen Collett (below), and was born on 14th February 1811.  During 1834 Josephus Collett took a common law wife (4) Frances Malone (1810 – who died before 1870) at Vermillion.

 

 

 

However, it is known that he was living at Eugene when he died on 21st February 1872, where he was also buried.  The following notice was published in the Newport Hoosier State newspaper on Wednesday 29th February 1872.  “Died at his residence in Eugene on Wednesday 21st February at 10 o’clock a.m. of dropsy, Mr Josephus Collett senior.  If he had endured the long sickness until Saturday last, the 24th he would have reached the advanced age of 85 years.  The deceased was a native of Huntingdon County, PA.  He became a resident of Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1799, where he resided, except for a short time, when he lived in Columbus in that State, until 1820.  He was commissioned Sheriff of Ross County Ohio in 1818 and 2 years after that time he moved to Terre Haute where he was engaged as Deputy Surveyor of the United States, in surveying the district of land now composing parts of the counties of Hendricks, Putnam, Montgomery and Parke.

 

 

 

In the year 1825 he removed to this county where he has remained up to the time of his death.  Mr Collett possessed strong and marked traits of character, was kind and true to his friends, many of whom will date their friendship a quarter of a century ago.  He accumulated a large property by his prudence and sagacity and was the largest landholder in the county, being worth near $150,000.  He was especially kind and liberal to his tenants, and those in his employ.  One by one the pioneers are going, soon they will all have passed away.  The family, kindred and many friends will long remember him and sincerely respect his memory.”

 

 

 

The Will of Josephus Collett was written on 8th September 1866 in which his immediate heirs were named as his son William Collett, the child of Fanny Malone, his daughter Eliza Collett, the child of Fanny Malone, and his son Edward Collett.  The Will also included the names of three nephews, John Collett, Stephen S Collett and Josephus Collett.  His daughter Martha Collett was also named therein but died just three days after her father.

 

 

 

52O16

Edward Tiffen Collett

Born in 1820

 

The following are the children of Josephus Collett by his common law wife Fanny Malone:

 

52O17

Martha Jane Collett

Born in 1835

 

52O18

William Collett

Born circa 1840

 

52O19

Eliza Collett

Born in 1845

 

 

 

 

52N7

David Collett was born at Baltimore on 29th April 1789 and only survived for less than five years when he died at Huntingdon in Pennsylvania on 28th January 1794, the same year that his sister Anna (above) and his brother William (above) both passed away.

 

 

 

 

52N8

Stephen Stevenson Collett was born at Huntingdon in Pennsylvania on 26th December 1791, the youngest surviving son of John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson.  He was six years old when his parents left Pennsylvania and moved the family to Ohio.  Under the terms of the 1803 Will of Peter Stevens, Stephen Collett the son of John Collett inherited land situated on Hill Street in Huntingdon, together with the silver watch of the said Peter Stevens.  In his early working life Stephen Collett was a clerk.  By 1818 Stephen was living at Vigo County in Indiana, where he remained until 1827 when he settled in Vermillion.  During 1819 and 1820 he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a Government Land Surveyor.  It was in February 1821 that he discovered Whitlock Springs which became the location for Crawfordsville.  On 21st May that same year he was elected as the County Surveyor for Parke County, Indiana.

 

 

 

He was thirty years old when he married Sarah Groenendyke at Terre Haute in Indiana on 8th November 1821.  Sarah was twelve years younger than Stephen, having been born at Farmer, Seneca County in New York State on 6th July 1804, the daughter of John Groenendyke and Lucretia Rappleye.  Following their marriage in Terre Haute, it was there that the couple remained for a few years and there where their first two children were born.  From 1822 to 1826 Stephen was a merchant in Terre Haute with William C Linton, and then with Chauncey Rose.  Sometime later in his life he was the manager of a mercantile establishment at Circleville, Ohio. 

 

 

 

Between 1825 and 1827 the family moved to Eugene in Vermillion County where Stephen’s and Sarah’s remaining seven children were born.  The move was perhaps the result of a need for the family to be living near to Stephen’s father, who died there in 1834.  The records show that in 1826 it was Stephen Collett who helped to establish the town of Eugene, and that during the following year he entered into the merchandising business with his brother Josephus Collett.  From 1833 to 1835 Stephen was a member of the House of Representatives for Vermillion County, after which he was the senator for Vermillion, Parke and Warren Counties from 1835 to 1836, and the senator for Vermillion and Parke Counties in 1843.

 

 

 

Stephen and Josephus sold off their business in 1837 and retired to live on their respective estates in Eugene, where they lived until the end of their lives.  During the life of their partnership the two brothers managed a general store and two large packing plants for hogs and cattle, shipping their produce to New Orleans via the Wabash, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on boats that their owned.

 

 

 

Stephen and Sarah were only married for twenty-two years when Stephen S Collett died at Browning’s Hotel in Indianapolis on 28th December 1843, while the Senate was in session.  Shortly after he was buried on the family’s farm at Eugene, from where his body was later taken to be buried at Terre Haute, where his father had been buried nine years earlier.  Just over eight years later Stephen’s widow Sarah Collett on 2nd March 1852 at the home farm in Eugene, but was buried with her husband at Terre Haute.  Records indicate that a certain Mrs Collett built the first brick house at Columbus in 1842, and she may have been Sarah Collett the wife of Stephen Stevenson Collett.

 

 

 

52O20

Emily Collett

Born on 12.12.1822

 

52O21

Mary Collett

Born on 20.10.1824

 

52O22

John Collett

Born on 06.01.1828

 

52O23

Stephen Stevenson Collett

Born on 13.12.1829

 

52O24

Josephus Collett

Born on 17.08.1831

 

52O25

Ellen Collett

Born on 19.02.1833

 

52O26

Sarah Collett

Born on 12.01.1835

 

52O27

Jane Collett

Born on 10.12.1837

 

52O28

Clara Collett

Born on 14.08.1840

 

 

 

 

52N9

Elizabeth Collett was born at Huntingdon in Pennsylvania on either 2nd or 22nd July 1794, where three of her siblings had recently died.  However, further tragedy struck the family when thirty-two months after she was born, Elizabeth Collett died at Chillicothe in Ohio on 14th March 1797.

 

 

 

 

52N10

Mary Collett was born at Chillicothe in Ohio on 18th February 1797, one month before her sister Elizabeth (above) died there.  She was more commonly known as Polly Collett.  Mary was one of just two children of John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson to be married.  Mary married (1) Joseph Dillow in 1813 at Columbus, Ohio when she was just sixteen years old, the marriage resulting in the birth of a son Jack Dillow.  However, the marriage was not a success and the couple were later separated or estranged. 

 

 

 

What is known is that in 1824 Mary moved to Newport in Indiana where her father had built the first tavern [hotel] in the town, which she then helped him to operate until his death ten years later.  The records show that Mary was divorced from Joseph Dillow on 6th September 1832, and that just over five years later she married (2) Thomas Huff on 18th October 1837 at Columbus.  The only other detail known about Mary is that she died when she was living in Newport.

 

 

 

 

52N11

Emily Collett was born at Chillicothe on 13th August 1799.  The fact that she died at Terre Haute, where her father and her brother Stephen were buried, very likely indicates that she reached adulthood unlike many of her siblings.

 

 

 

 

52N12

Jessie Collett was born at Chillicothe on 2nd January 1802, the last of the children born to John Collett and Elizabeth Stevenson.  Her mother died when she was just one year old, and it was a little while later that Jessie also died at Chillicothe, from where her widowed father moved in 1812.

 

 

 

 

52O1

Daniel Haines Collett was born at Lebanon in Warren County, Ohio on 11th March 1806 the son of Moses Collett and Mary Haines.  He married Maria McKay and they settled in Chester Township where their children were born and where the family was still living in 1850.  Daniel H Collett was 44, his wife Maria was 39 and from Virginia and with them on that day were their five eldest children.  The four daughters were listed as Tamson (sic) Collett who was 18, A Collett who was 12, E Collett who was 10 and S A Collett who was eight years of age, while their son was described as Moses Collett who was 17.  Not long after the day of the census in 1850 Maria presented Daniel with a sixth child, with their last child born two years later.

 

 

 

Those two extra children were recorded with the Chester Township family in 1860, when Daniel H Collett was 54, Maria was 49, Thomasin was 28, Moses was 26, Abigail was 24, Elizabeth was 20, Sarah was 18, Francis was 10 and Horace Collett was eight years old.  Staying with the family was Daniel’s cousin Jacob H Collett (below) who was 28 and from Ohio, the son of Isaac and Julia A Collett from Virginia, Isaac being the brother of Daniel’s father Moses.

 

 

 

After a further ten years, the census in 1870 confirmed the family living in Ohio as Daniel H Collett who was 64, Maria Collett who was 59, Frank Collett who was 20 and Horace who was 18.  Living with the family that day was the sister of Jacob H Collett, from ten years earlier, Catherine Collett who was 34, together with Sarah Collett who was 22, whose position in this family line has yet to be identified.

 

 

 

Daniel Haines Collett died while he was still residing in Warren County on 11th January 1871.

 

 

 

52P1

Thomasin Collett

Born in 1832 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P2

Moses McKay Collett

Born in 1833 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P3

Abigail Collett

Born in 1838 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P4

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1840 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P5

Sarah A Collett

Born in 1842 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P6

Francis Collett

Born in 1850 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

52P7

Horace Waters Collett

Born in 1852 at Chester Township, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52O4

Jacob H Collett was born at Chester Township, Ohio in 1832, the son of Isaac and Julia Collett.  And it was there that he and his family were living in 1850 when Jacob was 17.  Ten year later Jacob H Collett aged 28 was staying with his cousin Daniel Haines Collett (above) at Chester Township.  By 1870 Jacob H Collett said he was 36, instead of 38, when he was lodging with another Collett family in Ohio.  That family was headed by Charity Collett from Virginia who was 66, who had with her Daniel M Collett aged 43, Harriet Collett aged 31, Mercy A Collett aged 26 and Lewis Collett aged 24.  The household was completed by Virginia Smith aged 33 and her 4-year old daughter Mary W Smith.  It was just under three years later that unmarried farmer Jacob H Collett died at Chester Township on 12th January 1873 at the age of 40.  Two days later he was buried at Jonah’s Run Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

52O6

Ann Collett was born at Chester Township in Clinton County, Ohio on 14th March 1824, the first born child of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay of Hole in the Woods in Ohio.  Ann married William McCune on 30th October 1849 and the marriage produced nine children for the couple.  William was born at Wilmington on 1st November 1824.  Their nine children were: Oscar born in 1851; twins Howard and Horace born in 1852; William born in 1856; twins Sally and Rachel born in 1858; Martha born in 1860; Mary born in 1862; and George who was born in 1864.

 

 

 

On 17th June 1870 Ann was made a widow when her husband William either died or was killed.  So by the time of the census in January 1880 Ann McCune was a widow of fifty-six.  She was ‘keeping house’ while her three sons Howard 27, William 24, and George 16, managed the farm at Adams in Clinton County, Ohio.  Also still living with Ann were two of her daughters, Martha age 20 and Mary who was 18.  Ann McCune nee Collett was still living in Ohio when she died on 5th March 1913.

 

 

 

 

52O7

Moses N Collett was born at Chester Township on 7th June 1825, the eldest son of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay.  Moses was around twenty-nine years old when he married Mary Jane Smith at Clinton on 29th November 1854.  The couple were then married for twenty-seven years, during which time Mary presented her husband with six children, and all of them born while the couple were living at Chester Township.

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1880, Moses N Collett was recorded as being fifty-four and a farmer from Ohio.  His wife Mary J Collett, also of Ohio, was fifty-two and was ‘keeping house’.  Four of the six children were still living with them at Chester on that occasion.  They were Sally M Cooke, the couple’s widowed married daughter who was twenty-four, sons Edwin and Benjamin who were seventeen and thirteen respectively, and their daughter Bertha V Collett who was eight years old.  The two boys were described as ‘working at home’, so probably on the farm.

 

 

 

It is known that Moses’ eldest son James had died before reaching his first birthday and, with no trace of the couple’s youngest daughter who would have been nearly three years old, it seems highly likely that Allie Maria Collett also suffered a childhood death.  It was just less than two years after the census day that Moses Collett died at Clinton on 27th December 1881, while his widow Mary Jane Collett nee Smith passed away on 1st January 1903.

 

 

 

52P8

Sally M Collett

Born in 1856 at Chester Township

 

52P9

James Collett

Born in 1860 at Chester Township

 

52P10

Edwin S Collett

Born in 1862 at Chester Township

 

52P11

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1866 at Chester Township

 

52P12

Bertha Virginia Collett

Born in 1871 at Chester Township

 

52P13

Allie Maria Collett

Born in 1877 at Chester Township

 

 

 

 

52O8

Benjamin Collett was born at Chester Township on 18th December 1826, and was the son of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay.  He was educated at the commons school in Chester Township and began his life as a farmer in Warren County, but after a few years he returned to Chester where he remained for the rest of his life.  He married Sarah Yeo on 3rd October 1850, Sarah having been born at Chester Township on 26th August 1829, the daughter of Joshua Yeo and Allie Duffy.  The marriage produced four known children, of which sadly only two survived beyond childhood.

 

 

 

Benjamin was a Republican and both he and Sarah were members of the Baptist Church.  During the Civil War he served as a captain of the home militia and was later promoted to colonel, and at one time he was the paymaster of the local militia.  Benjamin was also a diarist and documented the day-to-day events in the life of a farming family in south-western Ohio in the years following the end of the Civil War.  A family diary was completed in 1868 and this is now in the possession of Benjamin’s great nephew Stephen Collett (Ref. 52R2) of Norway.

 

 

 

The diary has inscribed on it, the words ‘Ben Collett of Harveysburg, Ohio’ and was written when he was forty-one.  Harveysburg was established in 1831 and was named after the Quakers Jesse and Elizabeth Harvey who founded the first free school for African-American children in Ohio.  The diary also acted as a family bible, insofar as it contains details of the children of Benjamin and Sarah, together with details of Benjamin’s parents and his brothers and sisters.  At the time of writing, Benjamin and his family were living just of the Wilmington to Harveysburg Road (which today is Route 73).

 

 

 

The Collett farmstead comprised 152 acres and was part of the original four thousand acres purchased by Daniel Collett in 1813.  From the records so far found, it seems likely that the first child may have been born at Chester Township, with the last three being born at Harveysburg in Ohio.

 

 

 

According the census of 1880, Benjamin Collett of Ohio was a farmer of fifty-three and was living at Chester Township in Clinton County.  The only members of his family still living with him at that time were his wife Sarah, who was fifty and also from Ohio who was keeping house, and their youngest child Anna N Collett who was seven years old.  The farm and house in which Benjamin and his family lived was situated on the main road just across from the home of his brother Moses (above) and his family.  To the east of Ben’s house was the one-roomed school house in a locust grove.

 

 

 

Benjamin Collett died at Chester Township on 12th October 1892, and it was fifteen years later that his wife Sarah died in 1907.  Following the deaths of their parents, the house at Chester Township was later occupied by son Bernard and daughter Anna until the mid 1920s.  Sometime in the 1930s or 1940s the timber farmhouse was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in brick.  However, the original timber barn was still standing as recently as 1985.

 

 

 

52P14

Allen Collett

Born on 28.09.1851

 

52P15

Bernard Y Collett

Born on 07.08.1853

 

52P16

Mary Collett

Born on 26.02.1862

 

52P17

Anna Mary Collett

Born on 26.12.1872

 

 

 

 

52O9

Francis Collett was born at Chester Township on 17th May 1829 and sadly died while still an infant.

 

 

 

 

52O10

Martha Collett was born at Chester Township on 1st February 1831.  On 29th January 1862 she married John P Denny who was born near Lebanon in Warren County on 04.07.1823.  The marriage produced two children for the couple, these being Anna C Denny (1865-1943), and George McKay Denny (1871-1950).  The Denny family was living at Chester Township in Clinton County at the time of the census of 1880.  John Denny was a farmer of fifty-six, his wife Martha C Denny was forty-eight and keeping house, while their two children were Anna C Denny who was fourteen, and George M Denny who was eleven.  Martha’s husband died at Clinton just twenty months later on 10th August 1881, while Martha Denny nee Collett was still living at Chester when she died on 21st January 1911.

 

 

 

 

52O11

Aaron Collett was born at Chester Township on 19th October 1832, and he was nearly twenty-two when he died on 11th September 1854.

 

 

 

 

52O12

George Collett was born at Chester Township on 21st December 1834, and just like his brother Francis (above) before him, he too died in his infancy.

 

 

 

 

52O13

William J Collett was born at Chester Township on 30th June 1838.  He married Elizabeth D Macy at Clinton on 7th December 1864.  Elizabeth was born on 4th September 1840, the daughter of Nathan Macy and Mary Scroggy.  Tragically none of the three children from the marriage survived beyond their infant years.  Therefore the census for Massie Township in Warren County in 1880 listed just William Collett, a farmer of forty-one, and his wife Elizabeth Collett who was also forty-one.  The couple were supported by bachelor Hiram Pore who was twenty-three and listed as a servant.  William J Collett was nearly seventy years old when he died on 28th January 1908.

 

 

 

52P18

Nathan J Collett

Born on 25.01.1865

 

52P19

George T Collett

Born on 30.01.1866

 

52P20

Mary S Collett

Born on 08.04.1877

 

 

 

 

52O14

ROBERT COLLETT was born at Chester Township on 27th December 1840, the son of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay.  He was 19 in the Chester census of 1860, by which time his mother had passed away and he and four of his unmarried siblings were still living with their widowed father.  It was nine years later when he married Henrietta Wilgus Sabin at Harveysburg in Massie Township on 18th November 1869.  Henrietta’s parents were Arnold Truesdell Sabin and Harriet Wilgus, and she was born at Harveysburg on 4th July 1850.  The marriage produced seven children for Robert and Henrietta and, with the exception of their first child, all of them were born at Chester Township.  That first child was born when Robert and Henrietta were living at Paola in Miami County in Kansas.

 

 

 

It was at Chester in Clinton County that the family was living in 1880.  The census that year recorded them as Robert Collett a farmer of 39, his wife Henrietta who was 30 and keeping house, and both of them from Ohio, while with them were the first four of their eventual seven children.  They were Harry Ewing Collett of Kansas who was nine, Arnold Collett who was seven, Howard Collett who was four and Harriet Collett who was one year old.  Living with the family, and helping Henrietta with her young children was widow Mary Singleton aged 50, and helping Robert on the farm was Isaac Patten who was 20.

 

 

 

Twenty years after that the Chester census in 1900 listed the family as Robert Collett who was 60, Henrietta Collett who was 50, their three sons Howard Collett who was 24, Maurice Collett who was 15 and Robert Collett junior who was eight years of age.  Ten years later the Chester census of 1911 recorded the family group as Robert Collett aged 69, Etta Collett aged 59, their son Arnold S Collett who was 36 and his wife Cassie Collett who was also 36, and the youngest son Robert Collett junior who was 17.

 

 

 

Robert Collett, a farmer of 70 years, died at Chester on 28th September 1911, following which he was buried at Miami Cemetery in Chester on 2nd October 1911.  His death certificate confirmed that he was the son of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay, both of them from Fredericksburg in Virginia.  Henrietta Wilgus Collett nee Sabin was a widow for six years, when she died at Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio on 4th September 1917.

 

 

 

52P21

Harry Ewing Collett

Born on 30.11.1870

 

52P22

Arnold Sabin Collett

Born on 28.04.1873

 

52P23

HOWARD COLLETT

Born on 25.05.1876

 

52P24

Harriet Sabin Collett

Born on 13.07.1878

 

52P25

Horace Clinton Collett

Born on 12.07.1880

 

52P26

Maurice Collett

Born on 20.12.1885

 

52P27

Robert McGilvrey Collett

Born on 16.12.1892

 

 

 

 

52O15

Azel Waters Collett was the youngest child of Jonathan Collett and Sarah McKay and was born on 17th September 1842, although there are differing records as to the place of birth, be it at Clinton County or Jefferson.  He is known to have married Isabel Morris in Ohio, but there are conflicting dates this took place.  One source says 1864, while another says 1888.  What is known is that Azel Collett died on 9th September 1901.

 

 

 

 

52O16

Edward Tiffen Collett was born in 1820, the only child of Josephus Collett by his first wife Elizabeth Tiffen from whom he was divorced when Edward was around one year old.  On completing his education Edward entered the medical profession and it was as Doctor Edward Tiffen Collett that his death at McCune in Crawford County, Kansas on 16th October 1878, was reported in the Newport Hoosier State newspaper.  “From The Banner, McCune: Dr E T Collett, who has been living for the past two months with Mrs Sherfic near McCune, becoming tired of life, took opium last Sunday morning.  It was several hours after he took the medicine, before his condition was known.  Dr A W Doan was then sent for, but it was too late to save him, and he died at 7 o’clock Monday morning.  Deceased was about 58 years old, a graduate of the Louisville, Kentucky Medical College, and has relatives living in Vermillion County, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

52O17

Martha Jane Collett was born during 1835, the daughter of Josephus and Fanny Collett.  Although she was named in her father’s Will of 1866, it was just three days after he had died that the death of Martha Jane Collett was recorded on 24th February 1872 at Eugene in Vermillion County, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

52O19

Eliza Collett was born in 1845, the last known child of Josephus Collett by his common law wife Frances (Fanny) Malone.  She was named within her father’s will of 1866 and it known to have later married to become Eliza O’Boyle, which was the name her death was recorded on 10th November 1900. 

 

 

 

 

52O20

Emily Collett was born at Terre Haute, Vigo in Indiana on 12th December 1822, the eldest child of Stephen S Collett and Sarah Groenendyke.  She was married twice in her life, the first time to (1) Doctor W C Montgomery, and the second time to (2) Oliver P Davis.  She gave birth to two daughters, Mellie and Florence Montgomery who both married judges; Mellie to Joshua Jump, and Florence to Charles W Ward.  From her second married Emily presented her husband with a son Josephus Collett Davis, who later married Linda Hendrich.  Emily Davis nee Collett died on 5th August 1886 at Newport in Indiana, where she was also buried.

 

 

 

 

52O21

Mary Collett was born at Terre Haute, Vigo in Indiana on 20th October 1824.  She married J Paxton Campbell on 3rd July 1844 and they had a son Henry Campbell who later married Allie Huston, another son Stephen Collett Campbell who married Lizzie Powell, and a daughter Minnie Collett Campbell who married Colonel Willis T May.  None of the marriages produced any grandchildren for Mary and her husband.  Mary Campbell nee Collett died on 28th February 1882 at Crawfordsville in Indiana, where she was also buried.

 

 

 

 

52O22

John Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 6th January 1828.  He graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1847 and was elected State Senator for Vermillion and Parke Counties in 1870.  From 1878 to 1879 he was State Commissioner, and from 1879 to 1884 he was State Geologist for Indiana, when he wrote many works of reference.  Together with his brother Josephus Collett (below), he established and fully endowed Collett’s Home for Orphans located built in Vermillion on land owned by his father Stephen S Collett senior.  He remained a bachelor all his life and died at Terre Haute in Indiana on 15th March 1899, where he was buried.  According to the census of 1880, John Collett from Indiana was fifty-two and unmarried, while living at the home of the farming Randolph family in Eugene.

 

 

 

 

52O23

Stephen Stevenson Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 13th December 1829, the son of Stephen S Collett and Sarah Groenendyke.  Like his brothers John (above) and Josephus (below), he attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, where he was recorded as Steven S Collett in 1850.  Afterwards became a clerk at the general store of Campbell, Galey and Harter in Crawfordsville, which he did from 1855 to 1856.  In 1857 he and his uncle, Sam Groenendyke, purchased William Naylor General Store in Eugene, although the partnership only last for less than three years when Sam Groenendyke died in New Orleans in 1860.  When that happened, his half of the business was taken over by Stephen’s brother Josephus Collett.  The company of Collett Brothers then moved their business to Newport, Indiana, where they purchased a large pork packing plant.

 

 

 

Both concerns were successfully managed by Stephen and Josephus until 1867 when Josephus sold his share in the combined businesses to his cousin William Collett.  The two cousins continued with their partnership until 1869 when they sold the store and the packing plant to John Stakley and E Young Jackson.  Stephen was then reunited in business with his brother Josephus, and together they built the first railroad in Vermillion County from Terre Haute to Danville in Illinois, the pair of them being the secretary and treasurer of the railroad board.

 

 

 

Eight years earlier Stephen Collett had married Sarah Jane Dunlap at Newport in Indiana on 29th May 1861, the ceremony having been conducted by the Reverend John W Parrett.  The married produced five children for the couple, the eldest of whom later married the daughter of the Reverend Parrett.  Sarah Jane Dunlap was the eldest child of Alexander E Dunlap and Margaret Fosselman, and was born on 15th August 1841, making her just twenty years old when she married Stephen.  Stephen S Collett junior established the First National Bank at Newport, at a time when he was the landowner of some ten thousand acres, which included some coal mines, and in 1880 he set up the Collett & Company Bank, also in Newport.

 

 

 

The whole family were listed together for the census in 1880 when they were living at Vermillion.  Stephen S Collett was described as being 50 and a banker from Indiana, his wife Jane was nine years younger at 41, and was keeping house, and with them were their five children.  They were confirmed as John D Collett who was 18 and who was farming, Eva Collett who was 16 and still attending school, together with Sam D Collett who was 11, Ben D Collett who was seven, and Fred D Collett who was five, both of whom were described as being at home, rather than at school.

 

 

 

It is highly likely that shortly after the census day in 1880 the family moved to Newport for Stephen’s banking work, since it was there that he died on 8th November 1902.  Stephen had been an invalid for the two years prior to his death, and had used a wheeled-chair to get around.  His widow Sarah Collett nee Dunlap survived him by nearly eighteen years, when she passed away on 17th July 1920.

 

 

 

52P28

John Dunlap Collett

Born on 15.03.1862

 

52P29

Eva Collett

Born on 10.03.1864

 

52P30

Samuel Dunlap Collett

Born on 25.10.1868

 

52P31

Benjamin Dunlap Collett

Born on 25.08.1873

 

52P32

Frederick Dunlap Collett

Born on 07.11.1875

 

 

 

 

52O24

Josephus Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 17th August 1831.  He too attended Wabash College, as Joseph Collett, and graduated in 1857, following which he was a merchant with his brother Stephen (above) at Eugene and at Newport.  At the time of the census of 1880 he was recorded as Joseph Collett, age 50 and from Indiana.  His occupation at that time was ‘railroad superintendent’ and on that occasion he was living with the McCutchin family at Terre Haute.

 

 

 

Between 1869 and 1881 he was treasurer and president of the railroad that was E T H & C R R, on which his brother Stephen was the secretary.  During those years he built the Austin and Northwestern Railway in Texas, the Otter Creek Valley Railway in Indiana, the Genesee Valley Railway in New York, and the Nevada Central Railway.  He also assisted his brother Stephen in 1880 to establish Collett & Company Bank in Newport, where Josephus was the cashier.  Just like his brother John (above), Josephus also stayed unmarried all his life and died on 13th February 1893 at Terre Haute, where he also was buried.  It was also to Terre Haute that he and his brother Stephen presented the town with the land that became Collett Park.

 

 

 

With a gentleman by the name of Babcock, Josephus built and owned Coronado Beach Hotel in San Diego, California.  He was also the President of the Board of Trustee for Rose Polytechnic in Terre Haute at the time of his death, and to which he gave $75.000 in his Will.  He was also instrumental, with his brother John Collett (above) in founding the Collett Home for Orphans in Vermillion, which was built of land given by Stephen S Collett senior, his father.

 

 

 

 

52O25

Ellen Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 9th February 1833.  She later married lawyer D Milt Jones, with whom she had four children.  Their eldest child was Rita Jones who died at Washington on 28th April 1928 where she was buried, having previously been married to (1) Craig Hunter and (2) Doctor A B Coolridge.  Daughter Nellie C Jones died at Terre Haute and was buried at Newport, and their son Doctor Frank C Jones married Mabel Barnard, while Martha Ellen Jones married Stephen Hewitt.  Ellen Jones nee Collett lived a long life and died at Washington on 31st January 1924, but was later buried at Newport, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

52O26

Sarah Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 12th January 1835.  However, she only survived for four short years when she died on 11th September 1839 and was buried in the Collett family grave at Terre Haute.

 

 

 

 

52O27

Jane Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 10th December 1837 and she married James H Turner.  The couple were living at Terre Haute when Jane died there on 23rd June 1915, and it was there that she was also buried.

 

 

 

 

52O28

Clara Collett was born at Eugene in Vermillion County on 14th August 1840, the youngest child of Stephen S Collett and Sarah Groenendyke.  She married Crawford Fairbanks and had two daughters.  Sarah Fairbanks married Bruce F Fairley, while Alive Fairbanks married his brother Crawford Fairley. Clara Fairbanks ne Collett died on 9th February 1911, following which she was buried with the majority of her siblings at Terre Haute.

 

 

 

 

52P2

Moses McKay Collett was born at Chester Township in Clinton County, Ohio during August 1833, the second child and eldest son of Daniel Haines Collett and Maria McKay.  As Moses Collett he was 17 in the Chester census of 1850 when he was still living at the family home, which is where he was also still living ten years later in 1860 when he was 26.  By the time of the next census in 1870 Moses had already married Mary Harrison around 1866 and the couple was staying in lodgings in Indiana, where Mary was due to give birth to their first child.  The census return recorded the couple as Moses M Collett who was 35 and his wife Mary H Collett who was 29, both of them born in Ohio.

 

 

 

It would appear that Mary presented Moses with just three children while they were living in Indiana, but by 1880 the family of five had returned to Ohio and were listed in the census for Chester Township.  At that time in his life Moses M Collett was a farmer and owner of a sawmill at the age of 47, Mary H Collett was 38, Grace E Collett was 10, Daniel Harris Collett who was seven and Abbie M Collett who was three.  Twenty years later all three children had left the family home which by then was at Port Jefferson Village, Salem Township in Shelby County, Ohio.  Moses was 67 and had been married to Mary H Collett, aged 59, for thirty-four years.

 

 

 

Just three years after that Moses McKay Collett passed away at Port Jefferson on 24th February 1903.  His widow outlived him by over twenty-six years when the death of Mary H Collett was recorded at 205 South Main Street in Sidney in Shelby County on 13th December 1929 at the age of 83.  She was buried two days later at Glen Cemetery in Ohio and her death record stated that she had been born on 11th January 1841 at New Burlington in Ohio, the daughter of John Harrison and Grace Lonsdale, both of them from England.

 

 

 

52Q1

Grace E Collett

Born in 1870 at Indiana

 

52Q2

Daniel Harris Collett

Born in 1873 at Indiana

 

52Q3

Abbie M Collett

Born in 1877 at Indiana

 

 

 

 

52P7

Horace Waters Collett was born at Chester Township on 12th April 1852, the son of Daniel Haines Collett and Maria McKay.  In the census of 1860, when he was eight years old, Horace Collett and his large family was still living in Chester Township, where he was 18 in 1870.  It was ten years later, that as Horace Waters Collett age 28, he was living with his widowed mother Maria, while also recorded with the family was Anna R Rayburn age 20, Horace’s future wife.  Within the next few years after the census in 1880 Horace married Rachel Anna Rayburn and their son James William Collett was born in Clinton County on 6th July 1884.  Rachel was born at Springfield, Sangamon County in Illinois. 

 

 

 

By 1920 Horace W Collett was 67 when he and Rachel, aged 60, were still living at Chester Township with just their daughter Margaret M Collett aged 33 still living with them.  Horace Waters Collett was 77 when died at Xenia, Green in Ohio on 19th October 1929, two days after which he was buried at the Miami Cemetery in Waynesville, Ohio.  The death certificate confirmed that his father was Daniel Collett from Rexanna, Ohio, while his mother was Maria McKay from Fredricksburg in Virginia.  His widow Rachel Anna Collett nee Rayburn passed away just over six years later on 15th March 1936 at Xenia, Green in Ohio, also at the age of 77.  The record of her death named her parents as James Rayburn and Margaret Haines.

 

 

 

52Q4

James William Collett

Born in 1883 at Clinton County, Ohio

 

52Q5

Margaret Maria Collett

Born in 1886 at Clinton County, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52P8

Sally M Collett was born at Chester Township on 17th February 1856, the first child of Moses Collett and Mary Jane Smith.  Sally married into the Cooke family, but tragically was not married very long when her husband died or was killed.  By the time of the census of 1880 Sally M Cooke was a widow at the age of twenty-four and was once again living with her parents on their farm in Chester.  It has not been determined at this time if Sally ever remarried.  What is known is that Sally M Cooke nee Collett died on 27th September 1917.

 

 

 

 

52P9

James Collett was born at Chester Township on 28th October 1860, where he also died nine months later on 31st July 1861.

 

 

 

 

52P10

Edwin S Collett was born at Chester Township on 6th August 1862 and was seventeen years old at the time of the census in 1880 when he was working at home in Chester with his family.  Edwin was in his late thirties when he married Norma Scott on 12th October 1910.  Norma was over sixteen years younger than Edwin, having been born at Chester Township on 17th December 1878.  The marriage produced no issue for the couple and only lasted for just over five years when Norma died on 17th May 1916.  Edwin S Collett died eight years later on 6th May 1924.

 

 

 

 

52P11

Benjamin Collett was born at Chester Township on 28th December 1866 and was thirteen years old in 1880 when he was working at home on the farm in Chester.  Very little else is known about Benjamin except that he died on 9th September 1901 when he was just thirty-four years old.

 

 

 

 

52P12

Bertha Virginia Collett was born at Chester Township on 21st September 1871 and was eight years of age in the Chester census of 1880.  Bertha never married and her home address was 322 East Locust Street in Wilmington, Union Township in Ohio when she died at Columbia, Hamilton County in Ohio on 5th June 1936 at the age of 64.  She was buried at Waynesville in Warren County, Ohio on 8th June 1936, while the record of her death confirmed her parents were Moses N Collett and Mary Jane Smith from Waynesville, which was also stated in error as the place of birth of Bertha Virginia Collett.

 

 

 

 

52P13

Allie Maria Collett was born at Chester Township on 26th February 1877, the youngest child of Moses Collett and Mary Jane Smith.  With her absence from the census of 1880 when she would have been almost three years old, it must be assumed that she had already died by then.

 

 

 

 

52P14

Alley Collett was born at Chester Township on 28th September 1851 and it was just one week before his first birthday that he died on 7th October 1852

 

 

 

 

52P15

Bernard Y Collett, who was known within the family as Bernie, was born near Harveysburg in Warren County on 7th August 1853, the only surviving son of Benjamin Collett and Sarah Yeo.  He received his education at the school in Chester Township and at Harveysburg.  Bernard married Emma Shidaker on 23rd December 1874 and was one of the most widely known and highly respected farmers of Chester Township.  Emma was born on 16th October 1856 and she presented Bernard with a daughter before she died on 27th November 1903.

 

 

 

Bernard was a farmer virtually all of his life, and following the death of his wife Emma, and that of his mother four years later in 1907, he and his sister Anna (below) joined forces and took over their parents’ farm.  At one stage Bernard’s farm holding extended to three hundred and thirty acres.  A few years later, as a Republican, Bernard was elected as a delegate from Clinton County to the constitutional convention of 1912.  In 1914 the Collett families of Clinton County celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the family in this area.

 

 

 

One hundred and one members of the family attended the reunion, and during the years since then, the Collett and McKay families have held an annual summer picnic to mark the occasion, and all of these up to 1926 were attended by Bernard Y Collett who died later that same year on 18th October 1926.

 

 

 

52Q6

Edith Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

52P16

Mary Collett was born at near Harveysburg in Ohio on 26th February 1862 and was a few months short of her ninth birthday when she died there on 6th November 1870.

 

 

 

 

52P17

Anna Mary Collett, who was also known as Nan, was born near Harveysburg in Ohio on 26th December 1872 and her second name was very likely a tribute to her late sister.  By the time of the census in 1880 she was seven years old and was described as Anna N Collett of Ohio, when she was the only child still living with her parents at Chester Township in Clinton County. Anna Mary Collett survived well into her old age and died around 1940.

 

 

 

 

52P18

Nathan J Collett was born on 25th January 1865, the first child of William Collett and Elizabeth Macy.  Tragically he survived for just over three and a half years, when he died on 1st August 1868.

 

 

 

 

52P19

George T Collett was born on 30th January 1866, the second child of William Collett and Elizabeth Macy.  George was around thirty months old when his brother Nathan (above) died and sadly he too followed, when he died on 30th October 1875 just a few months before his tenth birthday.

 

 

 

 

52P20

Mary S Collett was born on 8th April 1877, the tragic third and last child of William Collett and Elizabeth Macy who died at just two months on 15th June 1877.

 

 

 

 

52P21

Harry Ewing Collett was born at Paola in Miami County in Kansas on 30th November 1870 and shortly after he was born his parents settled in Chester Township where all of his six younger siblings were born.  Harry Ewing Collett was nine years old in the census of 1880 and was living at Chester with his family.  He died on 14th January 1938 at Sabina in Clinton County and was buried at Miami Cemetery in Corwin, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52P22

Arnold Sabin Collett was born at Chester Township on 28th April 1873 where he was living with his family in 1880 at the age of seven years.  Nothing beyond this date is so far known about Arnold except he married Cassie Graham (1878-1962), with whom he had a son Robert, and that it was on 28th June 1942 when he died at Clinton County in Ohio.

 

 

 

52Q7

Robert Graham Collett

Born in 1914; died 1964

 

 

 

 

52P23

HOWARD COLLETT was born at Chester Township on 25th May 1876, the son of farmer Robert Collett and Henrietta Wilgus Sabin.  He was four years old in the Chester census of 1880 and was still a bachelor twenty years later when he was still living with his parents at Chester at the age of 24 in 1900.  It was nine years after that when he married Mary Stokes Tibbals at Warren County in Ohio on 9th September 1909.  The record of the marriage confirmed that Howard was 33 and the son of Robert Collett and Etta Sabin, while Mary was 32 and the daughter of Wallace Tibbals and Adella Stokes.

 

 

 

Once married they settled initially in Wilmington in Clinton County where they were recorded on the day of the census in 1910, when Howard Collett was 34 and Mary Collett was 33.  Over the next decade Mary present Howard with at least two children, who were both living with the couple at Wilmington in 1920.  Howard and Mary Collett were both 43, and the two children were listed as Henrietta Collett who was eight and Wallace T Collett who was five years of age.  Also living with the family that day was Mary’s mother Adella Tibbals who was 76, and Mary’s older sister Flora Tibbals who was 50.

 

 

 

It was a very similar situation ten years later when the Wilmington census of 1930 included Howard and Mary as being 54, their daughter Henrietta as 18, their son Wallace as 15, plus Adella Tibbals who was 86 and Flora Tibbals who was 60.  Howard’s wife Mary Stokes Collett nee Tibbals passed away during the 1930s, following which Howard married his sister-in-law Flora Tibbals.  That was confirmed by the census in 1940 when the couple was still living at the same address, where Howard Collett was 63 and Flora T Collett was 70.  The elderly couple’s housekeeper was named as Catherine Clevenger who was 26.  Howard Collett died fourteen years later, sometime during 1954.

 

 

 

52Q8

Henrietta Collett

Born in 1912 at Wilmington, Ohio

 

52Q9

WALLACE TIBBALS COLLETT

Born in 1914 at Wilmington, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52P24

Harriet Sabin Collett was born at Chester Township on 13th July 1878 and was recorded as being just one year old in the Chester census of 1880.  Nearly eight years after that, it was there also that she died on 19th October 1897 at just nine years of age.

 

 

 

 

52P25

Horace Clinton Collett, who was also known as Garfield, was born at Chester Township on 12th July 1880 and survived to see his nineteenth birthday but died shortly after on 13th August 1899

 

 

 

 

52P26

Maurice Collett was born at Chester Township on 20th December 1885 and it is known that he later died while in New York.

 

 

 

 

52P27

ROBERT McGilvrey COLLETT was born at Chester Township on 16th December 1892 and had lived a very long life when he died in 1980. 

 

 

 

 

52P28

John Dunlap Collett was born in Indiana on 15th March 1862 and was eighteen and working in farming at the time of the census of 1880, when he was still living with his family at Vermillion.  Two things happened six years later.  First he graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1886, following which at the end of that year he married Olive C Parrett on 30th December 1886 at Newport in Indiana.  When his parents were married in 1861 the marriage service was carried out by John W Parrett, who was very likely Olive’s father, or some other relative.  Olive was born on 16th November 1869.  The marriage produced just one son for the couple who also had a later connection with Wabash College.

 

 

 

52Q10

John Parrett Collett

Born on 19.05 1902

 

 

 

 

52P29

Eva Collett was born in Indiana on 10th March 1864 and was sixteen in the census of 1880 when she was still at School.  Four years later, just following her twentieth birthday, she married Adam B Littlepage at Charleston in West Virginia on 8th April 1884, with the Reverend John W Parrett officiating at the service.  Adam was born at Charleston on 14th April 1859 and died on 1st July 1921 and was buried at Charleston.  The marriage produced two children for the couple at Charleston, while it is known that Eva outlived her husband.

 

 

 

52Q11

Frances Littlepage

Born on 25.07.1885

 

52Q12

Stephen Collett Littlepage

Born on 04.12.1886

 

 

 

 

52P30

Samuel Dunlap Collett was born at Newport in Indiana on 25th October 1868, the third of five children of Stephen Stevenson Collett and his wife Sarah Jane Dunlap.  He was eleven years old in 1880 when living with his family in Vermillion and he graduated from Rose Polytechnic Institute in 1890.  He was an engineer and was nearly forty years old when he married Genevieve Tissot Westlake in Brooklyn, New York on 27th October 1909.

 

 

 

Jennie, as she was known, was born on 7th December 1881, and less than two years after they were married she presented Samuel with a daughter, their only child.  Samuel Dunlap Collett was still living at Brooklyn when he died on 27th December 1934.  His widow Jennie Collett nee Westlake was 89 when she died nearly thirty-six years later on 4th November 1970 at the family home on Shelter Island, New York.

 

 

 

52Q13

Jane Tissot Collett

Born on 05.06.1911

 

 

 

 

52P31

Benjamin Dunlap Collett, who was known as Ben, was born on 25th August 1873 and sadly died on 1st June 1880 at Newport when he was only seven years old.  He was also listed as being seven years old in the 1880 Census while living with his family in Vermillion.

 

 

 

 

52P32

Frederick Dunlap Collett, who was known as Fred, was born on 7th November 1875 and was five years old in the Vermillion census of 1880.  When he was eleven years old his eldest brother John (above) graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville during 1886, while it was not until 1902 that Fred Collett attended the same college.  He married Blanche Howard who died before her husband.  It is known that he lived at Richmond in Virginia, and it was certainly there that he was living when he died on 21st August 1938, although he was buried at Newport in Indiana.  An article in the Newport Hoosier State newspaper on Wednesday 20th December 1899 records the death of his daughter in the following way.

 

 

 

“Little Josephine, daughter of Mr & Mrs Fred D Collett of this place, died about 2.30 o’clock last Monday morning at the age of eight months and four days.  Josephine was a sweet little girl and was the idol of her parents, who are grief stricken over her death.  Her death was sudden, number of people not knowing she was sick.  She took sick Friday, but it was not thought she was dangerously ill until yesterday afternoon at the house, the Reverend Rodgers officiating, after which her remains were laid away to rest in the Thomas Cemetery, northwest of town.”

 

 

 

52Q14

Josephine Collett

Born on 14.04.1899; died 18.12.1899

 

 

 

 

52Q4

James William Collett was born at Clinton County on 6th July 1883 the only known son of Horace Waters Collett and Rachel Ann Rayburn.  At the time of his death, the year of his birth was recorded as 1884, while all of the earlier records say 1883.  It was at New Burlington Village in Chester Township that James W Collett was 17 when he and his sister Maggie, aged 14, were living there with their parents in 1900.  Towards the end of decade he married Laura Ann McCoy with whom he later had a son who was born in Clinton County, while in 1910 the recently married couple was still living with James’ parents at Chester Township.  James was 26 and his wife Laura was 27, and also still living their was James’ unmarried sister Margaret who was 23.

 

 

 

In both the 1920 and 1930 census returns the couple and their son were residing at Chester Township where James W Collett was 36 and 47 respectively, his wife Laura A Collett was 37 and 47, and son Thomas was five years of age and 15 years old.  In 1917 the name of James W Collett of Clinton County, d.o.b 6th July 1883, was included in the Draft for the First World War, and again in 1942, when as James William Collett of Wilmington in Clinton County he was included in the Draft Registration for the Second World War.  Also on that list his date of birth was again given as 6th July 1883.  By the time of the census in 1940 their son was married and James, aged 56, and Laura, aged 57, were living in New Burlington, where their son and his family were also recorded.

 

 

 

During his life he was a prominent and prosperous pig breeder in Clinton County, that is until he fell foul of the law when he was accused and imprisoned in the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus for the triple murder of his brother-in-law Elmer McCoy aged 59, his wife Forest McCoy aged 64 and their daughter Mildred McCoy who was 22, at the McCoy farm near Washington Court House.  He was subsequently convicted by a Fayette County jury on 10th March 1944 for the fatal shootings, the first Ohioan ever tried on three first degree murder charges simultaneously.

 

 

 

He was incarcerated in the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus on 31st March 1944 and on Monday 22nd May 1944 The Evening Independent newspaper published an article under the headline ‘Collett is Lonely Old Man in Pen's Death Row’.  The article include the following details:

Warden Frank D Henderson reported today that since imprisonment of the 60-year-old man on March 31, Collett's only visitor was wife, Laura on April 24.  The warden said visitors were permitted daily except Sunday and added: "In Collett's case I would be willing to waive all regulations and allow his family to see him outside regular visiting hours and also on Sunday, but no one has asked to do so."  Collett's 29-year-old son, Thomas, has not seen the condemned man since his trial last March at which time he cried out "he was the best father a boy ever had."  Collett - now No. 81269 - is confined in a cell 5 feet 6 inches wide x 10 feet long, just 200 yards from the electric chair where he was scheduled to die on July 26.  (However, Collett's conviction has been appealed, which automatically stays his execution until a ruling is handed down by the higher court.)  A runway, 5 feet wide x 35 feet long connects his cell with that of the only other occupant of death row, 18-year-old Henry Hagert, convicted slayer of 12-year-old twin boys in Cleveland.  The warden said Collett was "turned out for exercise" in the runway twice a day.  The white-haired, frail farmer has required considerable medical attention and invariably wears his high, plastic neck brace to relieve an old spinal injury, the warden added.

 

 

 

The appeal was eventually heard on 2nd December 1944, following which the statement below was published in The Evening Independent:

‘The court of appeals affirmed today the conviction of James Collett in the triple McCoy murders a year ago, sending the 61-year-old Clinton County farmer a step closer to the electric chair.  In a 2-to-l decision, the court upheld a first degree murder conviction returned by a jury last spring in Fayette Common Pleas Court, and unless the supreme court intervenes, Collett will go to his death in the chair.  Elmer McCoy, 59, his wife Forrest, 64, & their 22-year-old daughter, Mildred, were found slain on their prosperous farm five miles from here on Thanksgiving Day in 1943.  Collett subsequently was arrested, confessed slaying Elmer, but insisted he knew nothing of the women's deaths.’

 

 

 

It was at Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio, that he died on 20th April 1945 following almost thirteen months behind bars, and following which his body was laid to rest at the Miami Cemetery in Corwin, Warren County in Ohio.  The death certificate confirmed that he was the son of Horace W Collett and Rachel Ann Rayburn, and the husband of Laura A Collett.

 

 

 

52R1

Thomas William Collett

Born in 1914 at Clinton County, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52Q5

Margaret Maria Collett was born at Clinton County in Ohio on 20th June 1886, the only known daughter of Horace Waters Collett and Rachel Ann Rayburn.  She was unmarried and 64 years old when she died on 2nd November 1950.

 

 

 

 

52Q6

Edith Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the only child of Bernard Collett and Emma Shidaker who were married in 1874.  This may place her date of birth in the later part of the 1870s or 1880s.  Edith’s mother died in 1903, and it may have been around this time that she married Shirley Scott of Milford in Ohio.

 

 

 

 

52Q9

WALLACE TIBBALS COLLETT was born at Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio on 14th November 1914, the only son of Howard Collett and Mary Stokes Tibbals.  The was recorded as being five years of age in the Wilmington census of 1920 and was 15 in the same census of 1930, when he was living there with his parents and old sister Henrietta.  During the second half of the 1930s Wallace married Carrie and by 1940 they had a son who had been born at Wilmington where the family was still living.  Wallace T Collett and Carrie H Collett was both 25 years old, while their son Jonathan H Collett was two years of age.  On 1st December 1994 Wallace T Collett was a resident at 1115 Ashbridge Road in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and later at 1181 Edwards Road in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The death of Wallace T Collett was recorded at Delaware in Pennsylvania on 9th May 2006 when he was 92.

 

 

 

52R2

Jonathan H Collett

Born in 1938

 

52R3

STEPHEN WALLACE COLLETT

Born in 1946

 

 

 

 

52Q10

John Parrett Collett was born on 19th May 1902, the only child of John Dunlap Collett and Olive C Parrett.  He followed in his father’s footsteps when he attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, where he was a Trustee in 1924, and after that he went to Harvard University where he acquired a Master of Arts degree in 1926.  It was on 29th September 1928 that John married Mary Hamilton who was born on 11th December 1901 and who was a graduate at smith College in 1926.  Once married, Mary presented John with three daughters.

 

 

 

It was in 1929 that John published a book about his family which had been written many years earlier by his father.  The title of book, ‘Genealogy of the Descendents of John Collett’, was a reference to his ancestor John Collett (Ref. 52G1) of Little Gidding.  Appendix Two at the end of this family line includes transcripts of letters written by John P Collett of Indianapolis about the work carried out by his father.

 

 

 

52R4

Anne Collett

Born on 30.08.1930

 

52R5

Jane Collett

Born on 20.12.1933

 

52R6

Mary Collett

Born on 24.03.1939

 

 

 

 

52Q11

Frances Littlepage was born at Charleston in West Virginia on 25th July 1885, the eldest of the two children of Ellen Collett and her husband Adam B Littlepage.  One source uses the masculine spelling for her first name, Francis, which may be just a simple error.  Frances later married Fletcher Irwin, but the married did not produce any offspring for the couple.

 

 

 

 

52Q12

Stephen Collett Littlepage was born at Charleston on 4th December 1886, the only son of Adam and Ellen Littlepage.  Stephen married Margaret Payne on 22nd November 1919 with whom he had a daughter.

 

 

 

 

52Q13

Jane Tissot Collett was the only child of Samuel Dunlap Collett and his wife Jennie Tissot Westlake and was born at Brooklyn, New York on 5th June 1911.  She married Trafton Otis Badger on 28th August 1937, Trafton having been born on 15th August 1910.  The marriage resulted in the birth of two children.  Jane Tissot Badger nee Collett died at Shelter Island, New York on 3rd August 1997, and was followed just two year later by her husband, who died on 15th July 1999.

 

 

 

52R7

Wade Westlake Badger

Born on 21.06.1942

 

52R8

Carol Collett Badger

Born on 17.12.1945

 

 

 

 

52R1

Thomas William Collett was born at Clinton County on 19th October 1914, the only child of James William Collett and Laura McCoy.  It was at Chester Township that he was living with his parents in 1920 when he was five years old, and again in 1930 when he was 15.  On the occasion of the next census in 1940 Thomas was 25 and a married man living at New Burlington in Chester Township with his wife Louise, who was also 25 and from Ohio, together with their one year old daughter sue Ann Collett.  Thomas William Collett was 63 when died at Christ’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Hamilton County in Ohio on 30th March 1978 and was buried at Springfield Friends Cemetery in Clinton County, where he had been residing prior to his death.

 

 

 

52S1

Sue Ann Collett

Born in 1939 at New Burlington, Ohio

 

 

 

 

52R3

STEPHEN WALLACE COLLETT was born in 1946, the son of Wallace Tibbals Collett and his with Carrie.  His older brother Jonathan H Collett was born at Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio, which may have been the birth place of Stephen.  However, on completing his education in America it would appear that perhaps it was his work which resulted in Stephen eventually living in Norway.  Certainly it was at Borhaug in Norway that he married Inga Berit Kyllingstad who was born in 1939.  The marriage produced a total of seven children, all of them born in Norway.

 

 

 

Stephen attended the Collett Reunion in Oslo in August 2009 and it was during that event (see report on the website entitled ‘The Collett Reunion Norway 2009’) when the initial discussion took place regarding the preparation of this line of the Collett family.  However, it was not until after a chance meeting between Stephen Wallace Collett and Kaare Knutson (Part 24 – The Norway Line) in Oslo during August 2014 that the details of his family, and those of his father and grandfather have been received and inserted here for the file update in March 2015.  Tragically within a few months of the aforementioned Oslo Reunion Stephen’s wife Inga Berit Collett nee Kyllingstad died of cancer at the end of 2009.

 

 

 

52S2

Christina Kyllingstad Collett

Born in 1962

 

52S3

Cosmo Collett

Born in 1965

 

52S4

Isabella Collett

Born in 1966

 

52S5

Anna Carolyn Stokes Collett

Born in 1967

 

52S6

Rachel Else Collett

Born in 1969 at Lyngdal, Norway

 

52S7

Daniel Levi Collett

Born in 1970

 

52S8

Ida Louise Kyllingstad Collett

Born in 1981

 

 

 

 

52R7

Wade Westlake Badger was born at Evanston, Illinois on 21st June 1942, the eldest of the two children of Jane Tissot Collett and her husband Trafton Otis Badger.  He married Susan Donohue who was born on 29th August 1940, on 28th December 1968, from whom he was divorced in 2003.  The marriage produced two sons for Wade, who in 2011 was still living at the family home on Shelter Island in New York State.

 

 

 

52S9

Michael Patrick Badger

Born on 27.09.1969 at Rochester, NY

 

52S10

Matthew Collett Badger

Born on 27.12.1972 at Rochester, NY

 

 

 

 

52R8

Carol Collett Badger was born at Brooklyn, New York on 17th December 1945, the daughter of Jane Tissot Collett and her husband Trafton Otis Badger.  She married (1) Stephen Robert Landa on 24th June 1967, Stephen having been born at Orange, New Jersey on 22nd February 1945.  Over the next nine years Carol had three children, the first two born while she was living at Norwalk in Connecticut, with the third born at Cincinnati in Ohio. 

 

 

 

Carol was divorced from Stephen on 16th December 1994, following which she married (2) Richard Addison McMakin on 22nd March 1997.  Richard was born in New York City on 28th November 1940.  It was Carol’s brother Wade (above) who first discovered the Collett Family History website during 2011, and on informing his sister, it was Carol who kindly provided the new details that resulted in the updating of this family line.  Today Carol and Richard live at Olmsted Township in Ohio. 

 

 

 

Carol also confirms that her family’s home on Shelter Island, New York, built in the 1880's by the father of her maternal grandmother Jennie Tissot Westlake, is still in the family in 2011 and contains lots of information in the attic - see her brother Wade Westlake Badger (above).

 

 

 

52S11

Genevieve Anne Landa

Born on 25.10.1970 at Norwalk, CT

 

52S12

Elizabeth Brooks Landa

Born on 02.11.1973 at Norwalk, CT

 

52S13

William Clayton (Clay) Landa

Born on 03.11.1976 at Cincinnati, OH

 

 

 

 

 

Footnote:  Al Collett the Third is seeking information about his father and his grandfather, both of whom were named Albert Collett.  Al’s father was born at Baltimore on 18th August 1917 and his father was a US soldier in the First World War who did not survive the conflict.  The two older Albert’s surname was spelt with an e at the end which was shortened to Collett during Albert Collett the Second’s time serving with the US Army during the Second World War.

 

 

 

 

52S2

Christina Kyllingstad Collett was born in Norway during 1962, the eldest of the seven children of Stephen Wallace Collett and Inga Berit Kyllingstad.  It was perhaps during a visit to her father’s parents at Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio that she met Daniel Benton who was born at Wilmington in 1963 and whom she married in Delaware.  Their marriage produced three children Elizabeth, Stephen and Anna, all born in America.

 

 

 

 

52S3

Cosmo Collett was born in 1965 and he married Anne Brit Bjerge, who was born in 1963, at Grimstad in Norway with whom he had two children.  On 8th November 2015 it was reported on Norwegian television that 18 year-old Tobias Collett had scored the final goal in a football match for his team Jerv FC of Grimstad.

 

 

 

52T1

Kaja Collett

Born in 1989 at Arendal, Norway

 

52T2

Tobias Collett

Born in 1998 at Grimstad, Norway

 

 

 

 

52S4

Isabella Collett was born in 1966 and she married Khalid Sikel at Kristiansand in Norway, Khalid having been born during 1968.  Their two children were Arild Jørgensen Collett who was born in 1992 and Emma Sherin Collett Sikel who was born in 2006.

 

 

 

52T3

Arild Jørgensen Collett

Born in 1992, Norway

 

 

 

 

52S5

Anna Carolyn Stokes Collett was born in 1967 and she married Åsa Roth in Oslo.  Their son Ellis Tony Collett Roth was born in 2011 and their daughter Malou Collett Roth was born in 2013.

 

 

 

 

52S7

Daniel Levi Collett was born in 1970 and he married Hanne Skoland at Lyngdal in Norway.  Hanne was the same age as Daniel having also been born in 1970.  Their married provided the couple with three children, all of them born at Lyngdal.

 

 

 

52T4

Johan Maximus Skoland Collett

Born in 1996 at Lyngdal, Norway

 

52T5

Elias Skoland Collett

Born in 1998 at Lyngdal, Norway

 

52T6

Olivia Skoland Collett

Born in 2004 at Lyngdal, Norway

 

 

 

 

52S8

Ida Louise Kyllingstad Collett was born in 1981 and she married Richard Belle, born in 1983, at Stavanger in Norway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

 

 

 

This appendix includes details of another Hannah Collett (not Ref. 52H4) who married the court musician Clement Lanier (1591-1661) at St Margaret’s Church in Lee in Kent during 1626 who are the ancestors of Margaret Drody Thompson of Pinopolis in South Carolina.  Sincere thanks go to Margaret for supplying much information on the Collett family, which was not restricted to just the Colletts within this family line, but included other details relating to Part 18, etc.

 

 

 

Previously Hannah Collett was thought to be the daughter of John Collett (Ref. 52G1) who died in 1650 and his wife Susannah Ferrar who died in 1657, but this has finally been disproved by the Will of her mother Anne Carter formerly Collett, a widow of London, whose Will was signed on 31st March 1647.  However, on 8th June 1647 Anne Carter signed a memoranda to her Will which resulted in the removal of her two sons Thomas Collett and Richard Collett, when it was stated that their bequeaths were to be given instead to Clement and Hannah Lanier “in respect of the great care charge and trouble they are at and expend in my tedious sickness”.  That change of heart took place just under four months prior to her death as her Will (PCC, PROB 11/201, q.189) was subsequently proved at Greenwich on 27th September 1647 by Clement Lanier and his wife Hannah, the same day that Anne Carter was buried in the churchyard of St Alfege in Greenwich.

 

 

 

In her original Will, Anne Carter stated that she wanted to be buried near her husband John Collett at All Hallows Church on Lombard Street in London.  Among her bequests was the lease of the inn ‘The Barrel and Oyster’ in Gracious Street which was to be passed to Clement and Hannah Lanier who were to pay Five Pounds from recent takings to Anne’s son Thomas Collett.  [New information received from Margaret D Thompson reveals that Anne Carter’s second husband was Walter Carter.  Margaret has also located an article published in 2002 in the American Genealogist Magazine which sheds more light on their family, the details from which have been included in the June 2012 version of this file]

 

 

 

There were also bequests to Anne’s other children who were listed as Richard Collett – later removed, William Collett - one featherbed and bolster, George Collett, Valentine Collett, and Elizabeth Collett, who each received Five Shillings “to buy them gloves or rings in remembrance of me”.  One featherbed and other bedroom items were also given to her grandchildren John Lanier and Hanna Lanier (the children of Clement Lanier and Hannah Collett), with the residue to the executors Clement and Hannah Lanier.  Overseers of the Will were Doctor Creighton of Greenwich and her son Richard Collett, while the witnesses were Richard Bassano and Francis Collyer - see Legal Documents for a full transcript of the Will and the later amendment.

 

 

 

It would also appear from the records that this Collett family was connected with the Church of St Alfege (Alphage) in Greenwich where, on 22nd May 1628, John Collett the brother of Hannah Collett married Anne Higgins with whom he had a number of children all baptised there, with one buried there, all as detailed below.

 

 

 

Other members of this Collett family buried at St Alfege’s Church were: Henry Collett on 20th June 1616; William Collett 1st September 1618 (husband of Sara who later married John Coop at St Alfege’s on 14th February 1617); and their daughter Sara Collett who was buried there on 13th July 1616, having been baptised there on 15th May 1616.  And finally, in April 1637 John Collett, a brewer of Deptford, married Jean Combe at St Alfege’s Church in Greenwich.  Could this be the same John Collett who had married Anne Higgins nine years earlier?  More members of the Collett family with a confirmed link to the Church of St Alphage can now be found in the new version of Part 54 – The London, Russia and Canada Line.  An uncommon name which occurs in both lines is Valentine Collett, which may be a vital clue that could ultimately connect these two families together.

 

 

 

It would be logical to assume that Anne Carter, then as Anne Collett, had inherited The Barrel & Oyster Inn on Gracious Street from her husband at the time of his death.  It also seems likely, bearing in mind the fact that Humphrey Collett (Ref. 52D1) is known to have owned other property within that area of London, that the inn may have been part of his estate up until his death in 1558.

 

 

 

Humphrey had eleven children and the families of ten of these have been excluded as they are unlikely to be the forebears of the husband of Anne Carter (Collett).  The possible link to this family would therefore lie with Humphrey’s eldest son Thomas who had children of which little is known, or with his three brothers Thomas, Roger and John, about whom nothing is known.

 

 

 

Therefore for completeness the following has been included here as a brief outline of the known family of John Collett and his wife Anne who later became Anne Carter.

 

 

 

 

52A/F1

John Collett was an oysterman and, from the Will of his wife, it would appear that they managed the inn known as ‘The Barrel and Oyster’ in Gracious Street in London.  It was around 1603 that he was married to Anne who was born around 1593, and their marriage produced at least ten children.  The death and subsequent burial of John Collett on 4th December 1630 at All Hallows Church on Lombard Street in London was followed less than two weeks later by the burial there of his youngest daughter Mary, who was buried at All Hallows on 17th December 1630.  It was eight months after his death that his widow Anne filed a Marriage License Allegation with the Bishop of London on 17th August 1631 for her marriage to Walter Carter.  The document read as follows:

 

 

 

“This day appeared personally Walter Carter of the parish of St George in Botolph Lane, London, aged about 49 years and alleged that he intendeth to marry with Anne Collett of the parish of All Hallows, London, widow, aged about 38 years, the late wife of John Collett, late of the same parish, a draper.  And it appeareth that this is now lawful, both by reason of lack of any impediment, consanguinity, affinity or other defect, to be married at the parish of St. Faith’s in London”.

 

 

 

Little is known about the dates of birth of the children of John and Anne Collett and the list below has been compiled from the order the names as they appear in the 1647 Will of Anne Collett, together with baptism details obtained from the records at All Hallows Church.  It seems logical that her son Richard may have been the eldest surviving son at the time of her death since he was named as an overseer of her Will.  An older son John was not mentioned, so he may have died prior to the death of his mother.

 

 

 

52A/G1

John Collett

Born circa 1609

 

52A/G2

Hannah Collett

Born circa 1611

 

52A/G3

Richard Collett

Born in 1618

 

52A/G4

William Collett

Born in 1622

 

52A/G5

Robert Collett

Born in 1623

 

52A/G6

George Collett

Born circa 1625

 

52A/G7

Valentine Collett

Born circa 1627

 

52A/G8

Elizabeth Collett

Born circa 1628

 

52A/G9

Mary Collett

Born in 1629

 

52A/G10

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1630

 

 

 

 

52A/G1

John Collett was born around 1609, and was possibly the eldest child of John and Anne Collett.  It was on 22nd May 1628 that he married Anne Higgins at the Church of St Alfege (Alphage) in Greenwich.  All of the couple’s last four known children were also baptised at St Alfege, where one of them was also buried.  John Collett, the husband of Anne Higgins, purchased the mansion house at Horton Kirby in Kent in 1681 which was eventually passed to his daughter Elizabeth Collett who sold the property in 1698.

 

 

 

The burial of John Collett, the first child of John Collett and Anne Higgins, was recorded at All Hallows Church in Lombard Street on 5th March 1629.  John senior was not named in the 1647 Will of his mother Anne Carter who had remarried following the death of John’s father in 1630.

 

 

 

52A/H1

John Collett

Born in late 1628 or early 1629

 

52A/H2

William Collett

Baptised on 27.09.1629 at Greenwich

 

52A/H3

Richard Collett              twin

Baptised on 27.03.1633; died 11.04.1633

 

52A/H4

John Collett                  twin

Baptised on 27.03.1633 at Greenwich

 

52A/H5

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 09.03.1634 at Margate

 

 

 

 

52A/G2

Hannah Collett was born around 1611, the daughter of oysterman John Collett and his wife Anne.  Her birth was included within the parish register at All Hallows Church in Lombard Street, London, where her parents were laid to rest.  On 17th April 1628 she married Clement Lanier with a licence out of the Faculties at St. Martin’s in Ludgate, London, whereas previously stated here they were married on 16th March 1628 at the Church of St Margaret's at Lee in Kent.  Clement Lanier was born in London around 1587 and was the fifth son of Nicholas and Lucreece Lanier.  They had eleven children, some of whose baptisms were registered at Greenwich and Lewisham, but after 1637 the other children’s baptisms were recorded in the Parish of St. Alfege, although three baptism dates are missing, those of John, Elizabeth, and Charles.

 

 

 

Clement was a musician and played the recorder and was a Gentleman of the King’s Chamber and played for both King James I and King Charles I.  Clement also purchased some of the great art collection assembled for King Charles by his cousin, Nicholas Lanier the son of John and Frances Lanier, when Oliver Cromwell was in power.  When Charles the First was executed, the Lanier family suffered financial setbacks and hardship while supporting the Prince of Wales, who later became King Charles II, and his struggles to regain the throne.  The family did recover some of their fortune after the Restoration.

 

 

 

Clement Lanier died on 6th November 1661 and was buried at St Alfege's Church in East Greenwich, and his Will made during February 1658 was proved a month after his death on 3rd December and was registered on 20th May 1662.  In the Will, Clement left his house to his eldest daughter Hannah Lanier, together with forty pounds.  Other money was left to Nicholas, Lionel, William, and Frances, and to minors Elizabeth and Susanna when they became of age or were married.  Curiously two further sons John and Robert, had already left the family home by 1658, and in the Will it was stated that they would only receive their money ‘when they shall come to demand the same of my Executrix’.

 

 

 

Hannah Lanier nee Collett died on 22nd December 1653 and was buried in the churchyard of St. Alfege in East Greenwich.  It is from Clement Lanier and his wife Hannah Collett that the Lanier family of Virginia and Barbados are descended.  The following is the single line of descent from Hannah Lanier Collett to the aforementioned Margaret Drody Thompson in 2010.

 

 

 

The son of Clement Lanier and Hannah Collett, John Lanier, was born in October 1631 and he emigrated to Virginia in America where he married Katherine Ellinor Sampson.  Katherine presented John was a son John in 1680 but five years later she died in 1685.  John Lanier senior died in Virginia in 1719.  The son of John Lanier and Katherine Sampson, John Lanier, was born in 1680 and he married Elizabeth Bird who was born in 1682, and their son Bird Thomas Lanier was born in 1703.  John Lanier died in 1728 and was followed twelve years later by his wife Elizabeth who died in 1740.

 

 

 

Bird Thomas Lanier was born in Virginia in 1703 and he married Mary Madderson (Madison) who was born in 1704.  Their son Benjamin Lanier was born in Virginia on 14th December 1732.  Bird and Mary Lanier both died in Virginia in 1798.  Benjamin Lanier, who was born in 1732, married Susannah Green on 1st January 1759.  Susannah was born around 1736 and died in 1809, whereas Benjamin died eight years later on 2nd August 1817 in Georgia.  Their son John Lewis Lanier was born on 9th March 1774 at Burke in Georgia.

 

 

 

In 1793 John Lewis Lanier married Hannah Mills who was born in 1776, and their marriage produced Elizabeth Jane Lanier who was born at Burke in Georgia in 1798.  John died at Bullock County in Georgia in 1860, leaving his wife Hannah who later died in March 1870 at Jackson in Florida.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Jane Lanier married William Johnson on 14th October 1816, William having been born in Georgia in 1799.  One year after they were married Elizabeth presented William with their daughter Elizabeth Jane Johnson.  William Johnson was in Florida when he died in 1851.  Elizabeth Jane Johnson was born on 30th August 1817 and she married Alexander McIver who was born on 13th September 1810 in North Carolina.  Their wedding took place on 15th November 1835 and five years later their son John Lanier McIver was born.  Alexander McIver died at Gadsden County in Florida on 3rd March 1863.

 

 

 

John Lanier McIver was born on 1st October 1841 and in April 1863 he married Elizabeth Delphi Floyd who was born in Florida on 25th July 1849.  John died on 31st October 1909 and was followed by Elizabeth who died at Florida on 10th September 1928.  Their daughter Alice Viola McIver was born on 10th December 1883.  Alice Viola McIver married William Holmes Floyd (a likely relative of her mother) on 24th June 1902 when she was eighteen years old.  William was born in Florida on 12th February 1879 and died on 17th May 1919.  Alice lived on for another thirty-four years, when she died on 6th December 1953.

 

 

 

Alice’s and William’s daughter Bernice Alice Floyd was born on 1st February 1912 in Florida.  She married Harold Orson Drody on 8th June 1930.  Harold was born on 8th August 1909 in West Virginia and he died in Georgia on 29th November 1990, Bernice having died in Georgia thirteen years earlier on 16th January 1977.  And it was the daughter of Bernice and Harold, Margaret Louise Drody born on 21st April 1931 at Jax in Florida who kindly provided all of this information about her ancestors.  On 22nd March 1952 Margaret married Kenneth Reed Thompson who was born in Georgia on 20th February 1931.

 

 

 

 

52A/G3

Richard Collett was baptised at All Hallows Church in Lombard Street on 28th October 1618, the son of John and Anne Collett.  He was also an overseer for the Will of his mother Anne Carter formerly Collett which was proved at Greenwich in 1647.

 

 

 

 

52A/G4

William Collett was born in 1622 and was baptised at All Hallows Church in Lombard Street on 8th April 1622, the son of John and Anne Collett.  He was named in his mother’s Will of 1647.

 

 

 

 

52A/G5

Robert Collett was born in 1623 and was baptised at All Hallows Church in Lombard Street on 5th May 1623, the son of oysterman John Collett and his wife Anne.  He was not named in his mother’s Will of 1647 so may have passed away before then.

 

 

 

 

52A/G9

Mary Collett was born in 1629 and was baptised at All Hallows Church in Lombard Street on 26th April 1629, the daughter of John and Anne Collett.  Sadly it was also there where Mary Collett was buried on 17th December 1630, just thirteen days after the burial of her father.  The parish record confirmed that she was the daughter of Anne Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX TWO

 

 

 

In the British Library in London are the following letters from John Parrett Collett of Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

 

 

The Collett family chart that accompanied the book ‘Genealogy of the Descendents of John Collett’ published in 1929 was thought to be correct at that time.  March 1931 brought us a letter from Mr Henry Collett of 64 Cornhill in London together with a copy of his book published in 1925 entitled Little Gidding and its Founder.  The book contains the history of Little Gidding Church, his address delivered there on the 300th anniversary of its founding, with biographical notes on the lives of several of the Ferrar and Collett family members.

 

 

 

The present Governor of the Bank of England, Mr Montague Collett Norman’s mother was a Collett, a long-handed letter from him to us states the fact [see Appendix Four].  Henry Collett further writes, Sir Knight Charles Henry Collett was made Lord Mayor of London in October.  [This was a reference to Sir Charles Henry Collett (Ref. 51P1) who was Lord Mayor of London in 1933, who features in Part 51 – The Descendents from the Gloucestershire Line]

 

 

 

Footnote to the above:  The book ‘Genealogy of the Descendents of John Collett’ was written by John Dunlap Collett (Ref. 52P21) prior to his death in 1889 for his son John Parrett Collett (Ref. 52Q2), and it was he who published the work in 1928.  See Appendix Three.

 

 

 

Another letter by John Parrett Collett dated December 1942, reads

 

 

 

In 1486 Sir Henry Colet (1435-1505), Lord Mayor of London, was granted the Colet Coat of Arms.  These can be found in St Dunstan’s Church in Stepney where he is buried.  Arms can also be seen upon a monument in St Martin’s Church at Chelsfield in Kent, to Peter Collett (1543-1607) where he is buried, and who is described as armiger and alderman of London.  This Peter Collett was an uncle to John Collett who married Susanna Ferrar.

 

 

 

The arms can also be seen at Little Gidding Church, to John Collett (1578-1659) who was the husband of the said Susanna Ferrar, from whom we descended through their son John Collett (1604-1669) and his wife Ann Goldsmith who came to the American Colonies in 1650 at Baltimore in Maryland.

 

 

 

Through the Library at Terre Haute, I was able to make contact with a living descendent of John Collett.  The County Historian, Mrs Dorothy Clarke gave me the address of the daughter of Emily Collett (1822-1886), the sister of Stephen S Collett (1829-1902).  She told me that she lived just half a block away from a Collett Park, which was a gift to the City by the bachelor Josephus Collett (1787-1872) and his brother Stephen S Collett (1791-1843).  As Mary Florence Cos was not well, it was in fact her married daughter Emily Gedrick of 21 Gateway Drive in Terre Haute who wrote on behalf of her family and confirmed their descent.

 

 

 

 

 

[Details of the aforementioned Sir Henry Colet can be found in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX THREE

 

 

 

This appendix comprises part of the book ‘Genealogy of the Descendents of John Collett’ by John Dunlap Collett (1862-1889) published by his son John Parrett Collett of Indianapolis, Indiana on 14th November 1928.

 

 

 

TO MY SON JOHN PARRETT COLLETT THE ONLY EXISTING LINK, BY NAME, STANDING BETWEEN THE FOLLOWING GENEALOGY AND POSTERITY

 

 

 

FOREWARD

Reeves and Turner, Publishers of London, England, in 1871, published the writings of William Patterson, of Edinburgh, Scotland, upon the offspring of the refugees connected with Science, Law, The Legislature, and Literature, in Agnew's French Protestant Exiles, Volume eleven, Chapter 27, page 305, giving the following:

 

The Huguenot family of Colletts took refuge in England after the Edict of Revolution. They had been for a long time naturalized British subjects, when the emigrated to the American Colonies. There by industry, they made a fortune and became extensive proprietors of land. After the American Revolutionary War, the Republican Government confiscated their estates. The present English representative of the family is an English barrister, Mr. Chas. Hastings Collett, Esq.

 

 

 

Upon the recommendation of the Society of Genealogists, 227 The Strand, London, England, in reply to our request for their recommendation of some reliable, and efficient, English genealogist to bring up our work from the Little Gidding Colletts to 1770, American Colletts, the following was submitted to Mr. George Sherwood, Editor, The Pedigree Register, and Hon Treasurer, The Society of Genealogists, 210 The Strand, London, England, for checking and confirmation.  His report received August 21, 1928, as of date of August 8th, 1928.  The following work stands approved and attested in accord with the Genealogist National Society records of London, England, and three months general genealogical research work done by Mr. Sherwood, in proving some three or four minor changes made in or work to conform to the English genealogical records.

 

 

 

The American Colonial and early U.S. Government and State marriage records were not kept except by church records, many of which have been destroyed, lost, or otherwise unavailable.  The data used herein has been taken from family Bible records, many early family letters that were found preserved by descendants, from Will Records, Probate Records, Deed Records, Miscellaneous Records, Archives of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Pioneer Societies, Historical Societies of Counties, or various States, as well as State Histories of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana, all of dependable and reliable character, some recorded in separate work kept on the following data as being too voluminous to be herewith contained

 

 

 

From John Collett, of Little Gidding, down through all generations, each generation has been taught to first acquire a good education, be frugal, aggressive, and honourable; such are the records as recorded with but very few diversions found from this standard.

 

John D. Collett.

Indianapolis, Indiana.

November 14th, 1928.

 

On the next page is a map made in 1673 showing Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore, and Collett's Neck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX FOUR

 

 

 

The Collett connection with the Governor of the Bank of England mentioned in the March 1931 letter from Henry Collett of 64 Cornhill, London to John P Collett of Indianapolis is as follows. 

 

 

 

The John Corlett of Douglas on the Isle of Man married Anne Wilks was said to have been one of the Corletts of Ballamona, Ballaugh.  Their first son was Robert Edgar Corlett who was born on the Isle of Man on 17th April 1783.  He later emigrated to America where he married Sophia Catherine Austin in New York on 30th September 1815.  Sophia was born at Chester in England during 1791 and she later presented her husband with four known children.

 

 

 

Like his brother James (below) Robert also changed his name from Corlett to Robert Edgar Collet prior to his marriage to Sophia.  Their son Oscar Wilks Collet was born on 14th August 1821 at Mona Farm near Alton, Illinois, and it was there also that his three siblings were born.  They were Irwin Austin Collet, Robert Edgar Collet, and Emma Sophia Collet, and once the family had been completed they moved from Illinois to St. Louis in Missouri.  In 1833 Oscar Wilks Collet began his schooling at Saint Louis University at age twelve years and continued until he was eighteen, although the records do not show that he received a degree.  After that he travelled to Europe during the years of 1841 and 1842.  Eight years after he returned to America Oscar married Agnes R. Dunlap who had emigrated to America from Ireland in 1847.  Agnes, who had been born during November 1827 to a Scottish father and an Irish mother, was married to Oscar in St Louis Cathedral by Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick on 2nd November 1850.

 

 

 

The second son of John Corlett and Ann Wilks was James Collet who was born as James Corlett at Glentrammon, Douglas on the Isle of Man on the 27th July 1784.  He was Captain in the Royal Navy and his name was legally changed to James Collet.  He married Wendelina Elizabeth Van Brienen at Archangel in Russia during 1812, the daughter of Abraham Van Brienen.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of three children, one of whom was cotton merchant Sir Mark Wilks Collet, 1st Baronet, a Lieutenant for the City of London, and Governor of the Bank of England.  He had by his first wife Susan Gertrude Eyre, a daughter Lina Susan Penelope Collet who, on 15th November 1870 married Frederick Henry Norman, and it was their eldest son who became the Right Honorable Montagu Collet Norman, Privy Councillor, the Governor of the Bank of England in 1931.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1901 Mark W Collett, age 84 and born at Islington, was living within the Paddington area of London, where he was described as ‘Director of the Bank of England’.  Living there with him was his second wife Antonia Collett, age 77, from Finsbury.  Sir Mark Wilks Collet died four years later and it was just his widow Antonia Collet, age 87, who was still living in Paddington in 1911.  He died on 25th April 1905 at 2 Sussex Square in London, although during the probate process for his Will he was described as being of St Clere, Kemsing in Kent [within the parish of Sevenoaks] and of Founders Court in London.  His Will was proved on 20th May 1905 and his personal estate was valued at £448,052 1 Shilling 1d.  His son, Sir Mark Edlmann Collet was one of the three executives to the Will.

 

 

 

Their marriage had produced just one son, Mark Edlmann Collet who was born on 12th January 1864 and baptised at St Mary’s Church on St Marylebone Road in London on 5th February 1864.  He was educated at Eton, as confirmed by the census of 1881, when he and his parents, supported by eight servants, were living at 2 Sussex Square in Paddington.  Ten years earlier the family of three was residing in Croydon, where Mark (senior) was 54, his wife Antonia was 47, and Mark junior was just seven years old.  In 1861 Mark Wilks Collet, age 45, was a widower when he was living and working in the Garston and Wavertree district of Liverpool.

 

 

 

Apart from the census in 1901, all of the other records indicate that Mark Wilks Collett was born in the Highbury area of London.  However, it was on 8th May 1862 that he married Antonia Frederica Edlmann at Chislehurst in Kent, when Mark’s father was named as James Collet, and Antonia’s father was named as Joseph Edlmann.

 

 

 

Mark Wilks Collet and his first wife Susanna Gertrude Collett nee Eyre were living in Liverpool when their daughter Lina Susan Penelope Collet was baptised at St Catherine’s Church on 19th July 1851, although the census return in 1881 gave her place of birth as New York and in the same year that she was baptised.  Her husband Frederick Henry Norman was the son of George Warde Norman and Sibella Stone and he was thirteen years older than ‘Lena S P Norman’ in 1881, and his occupation was that of a banker and a barrister not in practice.  By that time Lina had presented him with two sons and a daughter while they were living in London, although in 1881 the family was living at The Court in Hayes, Kent, where they were supported by eight servants.  Her children were Gertrude Norman, Montagu Collet Norman (06.09.1871 - 04.02.1950), and Ronald Collet Norman (15.11.1873 – 05.12.1963).  Lina Susan Penelope Norman nee Collet was almost one hundred years old when she died on 2nd January 1950.

 

 

 

Mark Edlmann Collet who was born on 12th January 1864, the only son of 1st Baronet Sir Mark Wilks Collet and his second Antonia, became 2nd Baronet Sir Mark Edlmann Collet and was married to Nina Emma Caroline Theobald, Lady Collet who died in 1922.  Sir Mark Edlmann Collet, Baronet of Ballamanaugh, of Lezayre on the Isle of Man, died on 24th September 1944 and it was just over a year later that his Will was proved at Llandudno on 3rd October 1945.  Those named as executors of his estate in England valued at £18,150 8 Shillings 9d were the Right Honourable Montague Collet Norman (1st Baron Norman) D.S.O. banker, Ronald Collet Norman farmer, Dame Violet Frances Collet widow, and William Gosselin Trower solicitor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX FIVE

 

 

 

A letter from C T Collett dated 28th July 1953 and written on paper headed ‘Southern Pacific Lines, 310 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago’ was sent to Ove Gulberg Hoegh Collett in Oslo (Ref. 24P41) and had attached to it a document entitled Historical & Biographical Sketch of the Collet(t) Family.  The letter and the attachment were discovered by Peter Collett of Oslo (Ref. 24P47) in early 2014 and forwarded onto Brian Collett in England.  The first two pages of the attachment include lots of details of the Collett already shown in this family line.  However, details of others of the name are randomly included on pages 3 and 4, with one section being the ancestor of the aforesaid C T Collett, albeit without any qualifying dates.  These details are therefore included in this fifth appendix in the hope they might be identified at a later date.  The first of them is #1 Noah Webster Collett 1862-1928, the second is #2 Alonzo M Collett, while the third of them is #3 John Caskie Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

52l1#1

James Collett was born in 1735 and he died in 1808, having been the husband of Eleanor and the father of Ezekiel.  His Will, made on 13th January 1807, included the name of his wife and six of their children, which read as follows:  In the name of God Amen, I, James Collett Senior of the County of Randolph in the State of North Carolina, being sick and weak in body but perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of the almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors.  Nothing doubting, but at the general resurrection, I shall receive again by the mighty power of God.  And as touching such worldly wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form

 

 

 

First, I give and bequest unto Ellinor {Eleanor} my dearly beloved wife, all my gold to be at her own disposal, one Negro man named Bing, one Negro woman named Clary and one Negro girl named Abigail.  Two breeding mares, six cows of her own choosing and twenty-four hogs as she think fit to choose.  Two beds and furniture, ten sheep of her own choice, two hundred and fifty bushels of Indian corn and thirty bushels of wheat and all the kitchen furniture, bridle and saddle and all the salt and iron I have in stock and the plantation tools and two barrels of brandy, one wagon and harness and five hundred weight of bacon and my dwelling plantation with full liberty as she thinks fit during her life or widowhood and at her decease or marriage to be equally divided between my children and to take care of the Old Negro and see her well provided for so that she shall not suffer for support of body as long as it shall please God she shall live

 

 

 

I give also the still and still-tubs and cider crocks and barrels.  The moveable property to be divided, and not the Negros that I gave to my wife and the still and still-tubs and cider crocks to my son, James Collett at his mother's decease or widowhood.  I also give to my sons and sons-in-law, all my cash that I have by me, that is to say, silver and paper currency and all that is due on notes, bonds or open accounts to be collected, equally to be divided.  I give and bequest to my son Ezekiel Collett the plantation and all the tracts of land belonging to it to him, his heirs and assigns forever and one Negro Abraham.  I give and bequest to my son Samuel Collett the track of land that he now lives on to him and his heir and assigns and one Negro Bing after his mother's decease or widowhood.  I give and bequest to my son James Collett after his mother's decease or widowhood, four hundred acres of the track of land where my dwelling plantation is, to be laid off at the north end to him, his heirs and assigns forever and one Negro boy named Samard and the remainder of the tract I give to my grandson, James Collett King on the east end of the aforesaid track to him, his heirs and assigns forever and one Negro boy named Jonas.

 

 

 

I give and bequest to Abraham Gossett, my-son in-law one Negro lad named Isaac.  I give and bequest to John King, my son-in-law one track of land that I bought off Joseph Hoggett containing 160 acres and another track that I bought off Burlto containing 120 joining Benjamin Kendall and one Negro girl named Harriet.  I give and bequest to my granddaughter, Mary King, one Negro girl named Tibbina and her increase.  I give and bequest to my grandchildren, Eleanor, Sarah, and Ann King one Negro girl named Roda and her increase.  I give & bequest to my daughter Ann King, after the decease or widowhood of her mother, the two Negros Clary and Abigail with their increase during her natural life and after her death to be equally divided to her children lawfully begotten of her body.  I give and bequest two Negros named Grace and Turk and three tracks of land lying in Rowan county to be sold, and the monies arising to be equally divided between Ezekiel, Charles, and Samuel Collett and Abraham Gossett's children that he has by my daughter.

 

 

 

I constitute Abraham Gossett, Ezekiel, Charles, and Samuel Collett and John King my sole executors of this last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness and whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of January in the year of our Lord 1807.”

 

 

 

The Will was signed by the hand of James Collett and was proved at Rowan County in North Carolina on 29th October 1811, three years after his death, when the signatories were John King, Abraham Gossett, Charles Collett, Ezekiel Collett and Samuel Collett.  With no signatory for his son James, and with no mention of him in the Will, it must be assumed that he had already died by 1807.

 

 

 

52m1#1

Charles Collett

Born in June 1765; died 09.02.1834, aged 68

 

52m1#2

Nathaniel Samuel Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52m1#3

Ezekiel Collett

Born in 1773

 

52m1#4

Elizabeth Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52m1#5

Nancy Ann Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

52m1#6

James Collett

Date of birth unknown; died before 1807

 

 

 

 

52m1#1

Charles Collett was born during June 1765 the eldest child of James and Eleanor Collett.  He was married twice in his life, on the second occasion to Sarah, although it is not known whether or not there were any children arising from either marriage.  Charles Collett was reputedly 68 years and 8 months old when he died on 9th February 1834, according to his headstone.  Sarah survived him by twenty-eight years when she passed away in 1862.  Her separate headstone, adjacent to that of her husband, confirmed that Sarah, the second wife of Charles Collett died on 25th October 1862 at the age of 81 years 4 months and 7 days, making her date of birth 18th June 1781.

 

 

 

 

52m1#3

Ezekiel Collett was born in Maryland during 1773, but died while he was residing at Davidson County in North Carolina in 1828.  He married Gizzeal Ward who was born in 1778 and who also died in 1828.  At some time in his life he was a planter at Thomasville Township, while it is understood that he had thirteen children, some of whom were born at Davidson County and only two of them are named below.

 

 

 

52n1#1

James Offerd Collett

Born in 1807 at Davidson County

 

52n1#2

Charles Offerd Collett

Born in 1815 at Davidson County

 

 

 

 

52m1#4

Elizabeth Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was one of the daughters of James and Eleanor Collett, and she married Abraham Gossett who was named in her father Will of 1807.

 

 

 

 

52m1#5

Nancy Ann Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was another daughter of James and Eleanor Collett.  She married John King and their children included their son James Collett King and daughters Mary, Eleanor, Sarah and Ann, all of them named in her father’s Will of 1807.

 

 

 

 

52n1#1

James Offerd Collett was born in Davidson County in North Carolina during 1807 and he died in 1875.  It was also in Davidson County that he married Margaret Taggart on 12th December 1828, Margaret also having been born in 1807 and she died eight years after James in 1883.  During their life together they had eight children.

 

 

 

52o1#1

Rebecca Collett

Born in 1832 at Davidson County

 

52o1#2

Abigail Collett

Born in 1834 at Davidson County

 

52o1#3

John Collett

Born in 1835 at Davidson County

 

52o1#4

Rachel Collett

Born in 1838 at Davidson County

 

52o1#5

Jacob Collett

Born in 1840 at Davidson County

 

52o1#6

William Collett

Born in 1842 at Davidson County

 

52o1#7

Phoebe Collett

Born in 1848 at Davidson County

 

52o1#8

Miranda {Anna} L Collett

Born in 1858 at Davidson County

 

 

 

 

52n1#2

Charles Offerd Collett was born in 1815 and that may have been at Davidson County.  All that is currently known about him is that he was married, had eight children, and died in 1889.

 

 

 

 

52o1#3

John Collett was born at Midway Township in Davidson County, North Carolina on 4th April 1835.  John married Sarah Elizabeth Green (1839-1884) on 30th March 1859 and they had seven children.  John Collett died at midway on 5th June 1898.

 

 

 

52p1#1

Ladora E Collett

Born in 1860

 

52p1#2

Noah Webster Collett

Born in 1862 at Midway Township

 

52p1#3

James Pearson Collett

Born in 1867 at Davidson County

 

52p1#4

Emily J Collett

Born in 1869 at Davidson County

 

52p1#5

J E Collett

Born in 1870 at Davidson County

 

52p1#6

Robert B Collett

Born in 1873 at Davidson County

 

52p1#7

Fanny H Collett

Born in 1877 at Davidson County

 

 

 

 

52p1#1

Ladora E Collett was born in 1860, the first of the seven children born to John Collett and Sarah Elizabeth Green.  She was also recorded as Dora E Collett who, when she married, became Dora E Stone who died in 1932.

 

 

 

 

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Noah Webster Collet (#1 - the first named ancestor of C T Collett) was born at Midway Township in Davidson County, North Carolina on 7th May 1862, although an alternative unverified source claims the birth took place at Abbots Creek in North Carolina.  He was the son of John Collett and Sarah Elizabeth Green.  In the North Carolina census of 1870 Noah W Collet was seven years old when he was recorded with his family which comprised his father and mother, John Collet who was 35 and Sarah who was 30, and his three siblings.  They were his older sister Ladora who was nine, Jimmie who was three and Emily Collet who was a few months old.  Every member of the family had been born in North Carolina, including male servant Zan Carr who was 17.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following decade the family settled in Thomasville in Davidson County, North Carolina, as confirmed by the census in 1880, by which time the couple’s eldest child was married.  John Collett was 45, Sarah E Collett was 41, and their four sons were N W {Noah Webster} Collett who was 18, J {James/Jimmie} P Collett who was 12 and Robert E Collett who was seven, plus daughters J E {Emily} Collett who was 10 and Fanny H Collett who was three years of age.  Staying with the family was their married daughter Ladora E Stone who was 20.  Noah had attended the rural schools in the area and on leaving completing his education he assisted his father on the family farm.

 

 

 

On attaining the age of majority Noah entered the employment of the Richmond & Danville Railroad Company, where he worked for eight years, first as a fireman and during the last four years as an engineer.  It was on 4th November 1890 at Burlington in Alamance County, North Carolina, when Noah was 28 that he married (1) Mamie F Hayes who was 20 and from South Carolina, the daughter of Michael and Mary Hayes.  Over the next few years Mamie presented Noah with two children, although it would appear that she did not survive the birth of the second child.  Following the premature death of his first wife, Noah married (2) Lucretia Hughes on 20th October 1897.  Lucretia, who was known as Lulie, was the daughter of Cicero Hughes and had been born in 1873.  By the time of the census in 1910 Cicero Hughes, Noah’s father-in-law, was living with the family.

 

 

 

In the early census of 1900 Noah and his young family were living at Athens City in Clark County, Georgia.  N W Collett was 38 and his wife Lulie from South Carolina was 27.  The children living with the couple were Erma Collett who was nine and born in North Carolina, Hayes Collett who was five and born in South Carolina and an unnamed daughter who had only just been born at Georgia, the first of two children of Noah and Lucretia. 

 

 

 

At the time of the next census in 1910 the family was residing at Salisbury in Rowan County, North Carolina, where Noah W Collett was 46, Lindia (sic) Collett was 34, Mary J Collett was 18, John H Collett was 14 and Flora Collett was nine.  Completing the household was Cicero Hughes who was 69, with all six members of the family born in North Carolina.  Two years later Lucretia gave birth to another son, Noah Webster Collett junior, and while no census record of the family has been found for 1920, the census in 1930 for Salisbury only listed Noah Webster Collett junior, aged 17, living there with his widowed mother Lulie Collett aged 56.  It was two years earlier that Noah Webster Collett died at Baltimore on 2nd September 1928.

 

 

 

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Erma {Mary J} Collett

Born in 1891 at Burlington, North Carolina

 

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John Hayes Collett

Born in 1895 in South Carolina

 

The following are the children of Noah Collett by his second wife Lucretia Hughes:

 

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Flora Collett

Born in 1900 at Athens City, Georgia

 

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Noah Webster Collett

Born in 1912 at Salisbury in North Carolina

 

 

 

 

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James Pearson Collett, who was known as Jimmie, was born at Davidson County in North Carolina on 28th August 1867, the son of John Collett and Sarah Elizabeth Green.  He later married Fannie Cornelia Craven who was born in 1878, who died in 1961.  Eight years earlier James Pearson Collett died on 16th December 1953 at Trinity in Randolph County, North Carolina.

 

The photograph right shows the couple in their later life together, having previously given birth to three children.

 

 

 

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John Craven Collett

Born in 1895

 

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Hallie Collett

Born in 1900

 

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James Pearson Collett

Born in 1912; died in 1965

 

 

 

 

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Noah Webster Collett junior was born at Salisbury in Rowan County, North Carolina in 1912, the youngest child of Noah Webster Collett by his second wife Rainey Hushes who was known as Lulie.  It was as Webster N Collett aged 17 that he was recorded in the Salisbury census of 1930 when he was the only person living with his widowed mother Lulie Collett.  During the next decade Noah married Elizabeth G Manning and in 1943 their son Robert Webster Collett was born at Salisbury in Rowan County.  Early that same year Noah had enlisted with the military for the Second World War.  That took place at Camp Croft in South Carolina on 5th March 1943.  The entry record confirmed that he enlisted for the duration of the war or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law, that he was a married man who had attended high school for three years, and that he was appointed with the rank of private.  Noah Webster Collett appears to have been a victim of the war, since it has been recorded that he died during 1944.

 

 

 

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Robert Webster Collett

Born on 10.10.1943 at Salisbury

 

 

 

 

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John Craven Collett was born on 5th November 1895, the eldest child of James (Jimmie) Pearson Collett and Fannie Cornelia Craven.  He married Elizabeth Meredith who was born in 1901, who died in 1987, with whom he had two children.  John Craven Collett died in North Caroline on 9th May 1961 and was buried at Trinity Cemetery in Trinity, Randolph County.

 

 

 

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Nancy Maxine Collett

Born in 1924

 

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John Craven Collett

Born in 1927

 

 

 

 

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Hallie Collett was born on 20th September 1900 the daughter of James and Fannie Collett.  By the time of her death on 29th August 1991 she was recorded as Hallie Kelse, following which she was buried at holly Hill Memorial Park, Davidson County in North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John M Collett was born in Kentucky around 1819 and he later married Julia A Well from Indiana.  It was also in Indiana where the couple settled and where all their children were born.  According to the census in 1870 the family was still living in Indiana where John M Collett was 51 and Julia A Collett was 50.  Living with the couple on that day was their unmarried son Jesse A Collett who was 12, but also their married son William H Collett who was 30 and his wife Sarah C Collett who was 24.  Completing the family was granddaughter Effie L Collett who was three, grandson Alonzo Collett who was one year old and Julia’s mother Mary A Wells aged 72 from North Carolina.  Joseph Fesler aged 20 was helping John on the farm, while Julia was supported by servant Lydia Gliton aged 18.

 

 

 

It seems highly likely that other children were born to John and Julia between 1840 and 1858.  During the next decade the whole family left Indiana and by 1880 the census that year confirmed they were residing in Marmaton in Allen County, Kansas.  Farmer John M Collett was 61, Julia A Collett was 60, their son William H Collett was 40 and his wife Sarah Clementine Collett was 34, while their two children were named as Eva {Effie} L Collett who was 14 and Alonzo M Collett who was 11.  John and Julia Collett died during the next twenty years, as did their son William, since in the census of 1900 his wife was a widow who was living with her unmarried son Alonzo. 

 

 

 

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William H Collett

Born in 1840 in Indiana

 

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Jesse A Collett

Born in 1858 in Indiana

 

 

 

 

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William H Collett was born in Indiana around 1840, the son of John M Collett from Kentucky and his wife Julia A Wells from Indiana.  He married Sarah Clementine in the early 1860s and their two children were born before the end of the decade.

 

 

 

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Eva {Effie} L Collett

Born in 1867 in Indiana

 

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Alonza M Collett

Born in 1869 in Indiana

 

 

 

 

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Alonzo M Collett (#2) was born in Indiana during May 1869 and was living there in 1870 when the census that year confirmed he was one year old.  On that occasion he and his parents William and Sarah Collett were living with Alonzo’s grandparents John and Julia Collett.  During the following years his parents moved the family to Kansas where Alonzo entered the Kansas Normal School at Emporia from where he graduated in 1890.  Ten years earlier the census in 1880 confirmed that Alonzo M Collett aged 11 was working with his father and grandfather on the family’s farm at Marmaton in Allen County in Kansas.  After that he worked there as an instructor for the next two years, following which he became a laboratory assistant in the Department of Botany at Harvard University where he remained for a further two years.  When that finish he took up the post of teacher of natural sciences at East Denver High School.

 

 

 

His father died before the end of the century and by the time of the census in 1900 unmarried Alonzo M Collett, who was 31 and from Indiana, was living in Denver City in Arapahoe County in Colorado.  Living with him was his widowed mother Sarah C Collett, plus a lodger Charles A Potter aged 40 from Illinois.  Although not proved, it possible that Alonzo was later married, since Alonzo B Collett was born in 1918.

 

 

 

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Alonzo B Collett

Born in 1917

 

 

 

 

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Alonzo B Collett was born in Kentucky on 13th January 1917 and may have been the son of Alonzo M Collett who would have been forty-nine years old when he was born.  Curiously no record of him or his family has been discovered in 1920 and 1930.  By 1940 it would appear his father, who would have been 70, had passed away because Lonzo Collett aged 23 was living with J R and Sarah Johnson in Bell County, Kentucky.  However, despite being recorded as their grandson, it seems more likely that Sarah was his mother who had remarried since she was only 57. 

 

 

 

It was not long after that when Alonzo married Evelyn Howard who presented him with a son.  He had not been married very long when he enlisted with the army for military service.  That took place at Cincinnati, Ohio on 18th April 1942 and confirmed that he was married, had been born in Kentucky during 1917, had received a grammar school education, and that his occupation on entry was that of a semi-skilled miner and mining machine operator.  Alonzo B Collett was 73 and still a resident of Bell County when he died on 3rd January 1990 and was buried at Collett Cemetery in Bell County, Kentucky.  Also buried in Collett Cemetery is Frances Carol Collett who was born on 15th February 1966 who died on 25th February 1967, aged one year.  It is possible she was the granddaughter of Gabriel Ray Collett, Alonzo’s only known child.

 

 

 

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Gabriel Ray Collett

Born in 1944 at Bell County, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel Ray Collett was born at Bell County in Kentucky on 8th March 1944, the only known child of Alonzo B Collett and Evelyn Howard.  He later married Sharon Sue Childers, the daughter of Arthur Charles Childers and Ruby C Cox.  Their marriage produced three sons for the couple.

 

 

 

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Charles Gabriel Collett

Born on 01.06.1970 at Pontiac, Michigan

 

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Jonathan Cain Collett

Born on 19.01.1974 at Bell County, Ky

 

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Jeremy Len Collett

Born on 21.12.1977 at Bell County, Ky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third ancestor of C T Collett was #3 John Caskie Collet, while this section of Appendix Five commences with his great great great great grandfather Abraham Collet.  The fourth and last of them was #4 George Richard Collett from Michigan (1872-1942) whose family has been identified within Part 69 – Other Cambridgeshire Families, so his details, previously included here, have now been removed to Part 69.

 

 

 

 

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Abraham Collet was born in North Carolina around 1743, although an alternative source states he was born in Scotland, so perhaps he settled in North Carolina after arriving in America.  He later married Margaret Wakefield with whom he had four children.  Abraham Collet was in Washington County, North Caroline where he died on 19th July 1782.

 

 

 

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William Collet

Born in 1762 at Rowan, North Carolina

 

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Betsey Collet m Thomas Church

Date of birth unknown

 

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Rachel Collet became R Ingmon

Date of birth unknown

 

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Charles Collet m Amelia Parks

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Rowan County in North Carolina around 1762 and he married Susannah Bellew with whom he had a son.  William Collet died at Clay County in Kentucky in 1820.

 

 

 

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William Collet

Born in 1791 in Wayne County, Ky

 

 

 

 

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William Collet was born at Wayne County in Kentucky around 1791 and was 59 in the Monroe, Iowa census of 1850.  His wife Frances Collet (formerly Frances Elizabeth Vaughn from Virginia) was 50 and on that day their three children were listed as Anton Collet who was 17, Elizabeth Collet who was 15 and John Collet who was 12, all three of them born in Missouri.  William Collet died at Norton County in Kansas during 1881.

 

 

 

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Anton Collet

Born in 1833 in Missouri

 

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Elizabeth Collet

Born in 1835 in Missouri

 

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John Robinson Collet

Born in 1837 in Missouri

 

 

 

 

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John Robinson Collet was born at Adair in Missouri on 25th October 1837 and was 12 years old in the Monroe, Iowa census of 1850 where he was living with his parents William and Frances Collet.  It was on 22nd December 1855 that he married to Lucy Marila Smith, who was born on 16th June 1838, with whom he eight known children who were born Chariton County, Missouri.  According to the Missouri census in 1870 John R Collet was 32, as was Lucy M Collet, by which time their four children were William A Collet who was 12, Benjamin R Collet who was 11, Ekura {Ezekiel} H Collet who was seven and James A Collet was one year old.  Every member of the family had been born in Missouri. 

 

 

 

Ten years later the census in 1880 recorded the family at Bee Branch in Chariton County, Missouri, as farmer John R Collet who was 42, Lucy M Collet who was also 42, William A Collet who was 23, James A Collet who was 12, Mary A Collet who was nine, Nancy C Collet who was five and Rosa {Rose Etta} Collet who was two years old.  Staying with the family was Frances M Hardin who was eight years of age and John’s niece.  The family home was still at Bee branch when John Robinson Collet died on 22nd December 1902, while his widow passed away on 24th October 1922.  A single headstone marks their grave, one of around twenty situated in the middle of a pasture meadow on the Bartholomew Farm on the outskirts of Bynumville, which is inaccessible to the general public.

 

 

 

The obituary for Lucy M Collet nee Smith who died on Tuesday 24th October 1922 at the age of 84 years, the widow of John Robinson Collet read as follows:

“Mrs Lucy M Collet, mother of J. A. Collet of this place died at the home of her son, E. H. Collet, near Brunswick on Tuesday night at 9:30 following an illness of about six weeks, due to cancer of the stomach.  Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at Mount Zion Baptist Church west of Bynumville, of which deceased had been a member for more than half a century.  The services were conducted by Reverend B F Heaton, pastor of the Baptist Church here.  Four sons and four daughters survive her and all were here except W A Collet of Minco, Oklahoma.  Lucy M Smith was born on a farm near Bynumville June 16, 1838, and spent all her life with the exception of a few years, in this county.  She was married to John R Collet December 22, 1855.  Her husband died on their wedding anniversary, December 22, 1902.  Of her family the eight surviving children are W A Collet of Minco, OK, B R Collet of Keytesville, E. H. Collet of Brunswick, J. A. Collet of this place, Mrs M A Decker of New Cambria, Mrs L N Kimrey of Pawnee, OK, Mrs R J Owens of Keytesville and Mrs Wm Moxley of Howard County.  She leaves 36 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.”

 

 

 

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William A Collet

Born in 1858 at Chariton County, Missouri